Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Apr 2006 17:12 UTC, submitted by Andy Updegrove
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Last summer, IBM set up Power,org, to promote its PowerPC chip as what it called 'open hardware.' This year, Sun launched the OpenSPARC.net open source project around the source code for its Niagera microprocessor. But what does "open" mean in the context of hardware? You have to pay to participate meaningfully in Power.org, as well as pay royalties to implement - it's built on a traditional RAND consortium model. To use the Sun code, though, its just download the code under an open source license, and you're good to go to use anything except the SPARC name. All of which leads to the questions: 'what does open mean in hardware, and which approach will work?"
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by JohnMG on Thu 13th Apr 2006 15:11 UTC
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2005-07-06

Thanks for posting the link to that article. Nice to hear that Sun seems to be doing the right thing here.

From OpenSPARC.net:
OpenSPARC T1 source components are covered under multiple open source licenses. The majority of OpenSPARC T1 source code is released under the GNU General Public License.

I'd like to hear from the experts if all the important stuff in T1 is GPL'd, or if everything but the important stuff is GPL'd. If it's the former, then all I'll need is for someone to sell a nice Mini-ITX with one of those T1's on it. ;)

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