Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th May 2008 22:11 UTC, submitted by SReilly
Hardware, Embedded Systems The idea of open-source hardware is slowly slowly but surely gaining traction. VIA Technologies, Inc., joined in on the fun today by unveiling an open source reference platform for low power notebooks, based on its own processor technology (obviously). The CAD files have been released under a Creative Commons license. The machine is tentatively named OpenBook.
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CAD files
by Munchkinguy on Wed 28th May 2008 02:28 UTC
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2007-12-22

What program are the CAD files for? If they are saved in Autodesk's proprietary CAD format, then you can hardly call the design "open".

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RE: CAD files
by TLZ_ on Wed 28th May 2008 06:58 in reply to "CAD files"
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2007-02-05

Well it's about open hardware, not neccerely open software. (The specs even mentions Windows XP)

Edited 2008-05-28 07:00 UTC

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RE: CAD files
by JrezIN on Wed 28th May 2008 11:36 in reply to "CAD files"
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2005-06-29

Do you know any alternative compatible files? You may suggest a file format to then, you know...

(the cruel reality is... this manufacture partners are using plain common proprietary CAD... sad, but true...)

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RE[2]: CAD files
by smashIt on Wed 28th May 2008 16:19 in reply to "RE: CAD files"
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2005-07-06

(the cruel reality is... this manufacture partners are using plain common proprietary CAD... sad, but true...)

the cruel reality is that there is no open-source cad application availabel (only some little sketching-tools)

and for file-formats it only gets as open as dxf and xt

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RE[2]: CAD files
by Munchkinguy on Wed 28th May 2008 17:23 in reply to "RE: CAD files"
Munchkinguy Member since:
2007-12-22

The open standard is DXF (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DXF).

Edited 2008-05-28 17:24 UTC

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