Friday Free Board Quiz – the prize is A20-OLinuXino-LIME


A20-OLinuXino-LIME-1

A20-OLinuXino-LIME is Open Source Hardware Linux board, it has native Ethernet, native HDMI, two USB hosts, USB-OTG and native SATA . Build in LiPo charger and DCDC step up allow to LIME to work on simple LiPo battery while keeping all peripherials like Ethernet, SATA, USB powered by the battery which makes it perfect for small home server.

You can win this board! To participate in the Quiz is enough to re-tweet the Twitter Quiz announcement message.

To double your chances you have to answer the Quiz question :)

The Quiz question is: What makes one project OSHW?

You have time to re-tweet and/or answer until Monday 11th of January.

In Monday we will post the correct answer and ask random.org to generate random number in range then announce the winner and ship the board by post/airmail.

Good Luck!

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. adj
    Jan 08, 2016 @ 18:51:39

    > What makes one project OSHW?

    What makes a project OSHW is being developed by Olimex. Of course, releasing the CAD files under a free licence also helps.

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  2. Dost Muhammad Shah
    Jan 08, 2016 @ 19:22:56

    OSHW is a hardware project whose files are open for public under certain opensource licencing terms.

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  3. Jaren
    Jan 08, 2016 @ 20:21:19

    OSHW indicates that the design is open, meaning anyone may examine, modify, recreate, or redistribute… but not all designs actually embrace the full scope of the definition, often time only publishing certain aspects of the design, or in sneaky ways, like using graphics or proprietary design files. To fully embrace the spirit of the OSHW definition, design files and documentation for the hardware must be free and easily accessible, and all design files in common design program format, created using standard design packages, preferably open source. The software required for critical functionality of the hardware must also be considered. Specifically, software or firmware used with the hardware must be well documented enough so that writing open versions of the software is straightforward, or it is released and licensed under an OSI-approved open source license. Consequently, anyone has the opportunity to re-create as well as modify the design, as well as distribute and sell the produced devices. This is advantageous because it builds community, encourages development, provides transparency, and promotes competition. Obviously, there are many implications and gotchas, and for that, an entire organization (OSHWA) has formed to address those issues.

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  4. R. E. Hunter
    Jan 08, 2016 @ 21:32:41

    Releasing the hardware design (schematics, PCB layout, …) under an Open Source license (typically a OSI-approved one) makes a project OSHW.

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  5. stefanstefanov198
    Jan 08, 2016 @ 21:56:58

    OSHW is when hardware design also the software, are all released under free/libre terms.

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  6. bib
    Jan 08, 2016 @ 22:08:17

    I am one of the very first KiCad user here in Grenoble. this is an outstanding and courageous decision from Olimex to switch to KiCad for future designs. Congratulations !

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  7. loge
    Jan 08, 2016 @ 22:59:04

    Obviously, the project may be considered OSHW if it follows the OSHW definition. Here is a good one: http://www.oshwa.org/definition/

    This definition has been endorsed by Olimex (Tsvetan Usunov).

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  8. parabool
    Jan 09, 2016 @ 05:03:10

    Releasing design under a free license.

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  9. parabool
    Jan 09, 2016 @ 05:04:27

    Releasing the design under a free license, documentation must be easily available

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  10. Petr Tomášek
    Jan 09, 2016 @ 12:28:27

    OSHW aims to be an equivalent of Free Software/Opensource. The Idea is to get the “user” enough information so that he can do whatever he wants with the hardware – use it in any way he wants, modify it or build his own version of the hardware (or even some other hardware which is based on this OSHW) if he wishes so.

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  11. Matija „hook“ Šuklje
    Jan 09, 2016 @ 15:40:35

    As many have mentioned already, for a project to be considered OSHW, it needs to follow the OSHW definition, of which one of the best is by OSHWA: http://www.oshwa.org/definition/

    In short, it has to achieve the same freedoms (for the user) as Free Software /
    Open Source does for software.

    In practice, apart from proper licensing (e.g. using CERN OHL or Solderpad licence), all the actually needed documentation and design files have to be available in order for others to modify, copy and fabricate the designs.

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  12. Boogami
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 11:19:55

    Q:What makes one project OSHW?
    A: The ability to change a product,make it better and then the community would benefit from that change.

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  13. Andrei
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 12:07:44

    Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make and sell the design or hardware based on that design.

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  14. Guru
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 12:12:18

    OSHW grants you the ability to embody your vision into the hardware in any way you like it and let the whole world know about it.

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  15. opinionwhelk
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 17:37:47

    Compliance with the OSHW definition.🙂
    http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW

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  16. Bogdan Radu (@Muratura42)
    Jan 10, 2016 @ 21:40:16

    You can make sure it’s not doing anything you don’t want it do to, and can change parts of it that you don’t like. Users can also also benefit from open source hardware, because they can use this hardware for any purpose they wish, not merely the way someone else thinks they should.

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  17. The Elephant In The Room
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 00:45:33

    Open source hardware is hardware whose desine anyone can study, modify, improve, make and even sell. Also useing readily available materials opens up the freedom for anyone to controll their technology and share their knowledge.

    All in all a positive influence on this modern too closed technological society that also helps smaller companies to start or even students to study and improve their skills without a large company grant.

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  18. The Elephant In The Room
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 00:53:21

    OSHW – Open source hardware is hardware whose design anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell their version. It often uses readily-available components and materials, and processes, giving people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge.

    Also helps smaller companies and/or students work and study without the need for a large companies grant.

    PS: Sorry if this post was posted twice, the frist time it did not seem to upload.

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  19. Fluffy Elephant
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 00:58:18

    OSHW – Open source hardware is hardware whose design anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell their version. It often uses readily-available components and materials, and processes, giving people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge.

    Also helps smaller companies and/or students work and study without the need for a large companies grant.

    PS: Sorry if this post was posted twice/thrice, the frist time it did not seem to upload. (#3 hope a shorter name will help)

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  20. Milen Stoychev
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 01:22:46

    Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.

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  21. mario raffin
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 10:44:05

    You have to release the design files with an open license occording to the terms
    specified by OSHWA: (http://www.oshwa.org/definition/)

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  22. MathB.Fr
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 12:43:46

    Of course its : hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. (From http://www.oshwa.org/definition/)

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  23. Terwiz
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 14:46:08

    Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it.
    However open source hardware license may require that derived works are released to the public under the same terms as the original work. And It may require specific kind of attribution in derived works.

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  24. Jiri Wiesner
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 15:36:07

    Open source hardware is hardware for which documentation has been published. The documentation captures the design of the device. In case of a PCB, the connections between the various components on the board may be captured in a schematics. It may happen, though, that a component is usually marketed as open source hardware, but some part of its design remains undisclosed, for instance the Mali GPU core of ARM CPUs, if I’m not mistaken. So the openness has its limits.
    Releasing open source hardware has many benefits.

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  25. LinuxUser
    Jan 11, 2016 @ 23:58:43

    OpenHardware is a hardware where documentation has been placed under open license, so we can learn, change, manufacture and even sell our designs. Preferrably using more or less common parts and processes, so it actually works.

    And speaking for myself, I would also consider system initialization/boot/etc software openness as serious extra bonus. Sometimes it can expose really undesirable properties and being able to reshape it the way I need, e.g. by using opensource u-boot instead of proprietary boot loader is a really nice thing.

    Example: in one of projects I needed to use “debug” UART for other purposes. Spitting debug messages is absolute no-go in this case. If it happens to be opensource, I can get it right. Not going to work in case of blobs.

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  26. Harrison Lloyd
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 02:53:24

    Just means that it uses open source hardware.

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  27. Boogami
    Jan 12, 2016 @ 10:55:01

    so.. who won?🙂

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  28. Tushar Gurjar (@tusharg21)
    Jan 17, 2016 @ 13:49:33

    If a project follows the following definition, it can be considered as OSHW:
    Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts — machines, devices, or other physical things — whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute, and use those things.

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