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Open source is a way of providing free access to software and to hardware designs that can be modified, studied and created by anyone, this includes the schematics, blueprints, logic designs and 3D CAD files. Using platforms like Github, Engineers can share, alter and make improvements.

Open source provides the framework for collaborating on projects with other engineers, makers and hobbyists.

Essentially, open source is all about making the physical object or the software coding as easy to remix and reproduce as possible without limitations.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    You guys are magicians, you've written the best software on the worst OS. It's under my honor to require from electron and a holes, on my MB, to move as Bill Gates wants. Please write version for Linux...
  • Please raise a support ticket via your DesignSpark account or email and our support team will action.
  • 1 month ago

    Should only ever use documented APIs which WINE provides. Why not write it for POSIX and X11. Would also then run under Mac OS X in
  • 2 months ago

    Looks like your question got missed. Sorry for that and thank you for using our software. DSM add-on modules are now available again.
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  • 3 months ago

    Same opinion, DS for Linux would be very fine. DS on Wine is horrible, lots of crashes

Open Source

January 26, 2018 08:58

Open Source Hardware? What’s that?

Open source software has been around for a good couple of decades now, but what about open source hardware? Read on.

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Open Source

December 14, 2017 14:22

Open Source Software? What’s that?

What exactly is open source software and does it differ from proprietary software? Is there a difference?

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Open Source

8 months ago

Design Spark on Linux

3 Answers 9 Upvotes


Open Source

January 13, 2017 14:45

HiFive1 heralds new era of silicon freedom

Arduino-compatible combines ease of use with performance and is open to the core.

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December 29, 2016 15:38

Open Source 3.5G Cellular Developer Programme Announced

sysmocom announce programme to accelerate the development of open source 3.5G cellular infrastructure technology.

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November 23, 2016 07:46

The World's First Open Source RISC-V-based 32-bit μC

Now Crowdfunding, The OnChip Open-V microcontroller is a completely free (as in freedom) and open source 32-bit microcontroller based on the RISC-V architecture. The Open-V has a host of built-in peripherals you’d expect of any modern microcontroller

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