Open Hardware talk from Chicago 2600 Meeting

Drew Fustini (@pdp7) gave a talk on Open Source Hardware at the Chicago 2600 meeting. Nice slides, I wish I could’ve attended. Lots of topics covered, OSHWA style license, mention of FSF’s Free Software, multiple projects, one book.

Open Hardware updates

One problem with being a small hardware vendor is keeping supply in stock. Bunnie Studios’s Novena, or Purism’s  Librem, or Inverse Path’s  USB Amoury, all IMO 3 leaders of the Open Hardware movement, are all currently in stock, or are restocking, or have a few left. Novena has a handful of laptops remaining, Librem v2 has a few days remaining for current funding program, and USB Armory is getting restocked. To paraphrase an open source term, for open hardware use: “Buy early, buy often.” 🙂 on Open Hardware

There’s an article on Opensource.COM about Open Hardware:

Opensource.ORG is the OSI, the group that maintains Open Source licenses. I’m unclear what the opensource.COM site is, except that Red Hat owns it, and it may be related to OSI. Regardless, the document is worth reading. OSI signed a MOU with one of the Open Hardware license orgs, OSHWA:

The Wikipedia page on Open Hardware also has pointers to licenses:

Registration opens for OSHUG’s Hardware Camp

The Open Source Hardware User Group’s Open Source Hardware Camp 2015 takes place September 26-27. OSHUG’s 2-day event is 1-day of talks and 1 day of workshops.

“Registration is now open for OSHCamp 2015. This year we will have 13 talks and 6 workshops, and a social is planned for the Saturday evening. OSHCamp 2015 takes place September 26-27 at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St. George’s Street, in the Pennine town of Hebden Bridge, approximately 1 hour by rail from Leeds and Manchester. For the third year running it is being hosted as part of the technology festival, Wuthering Bytes.”

* Research led reality – how rhetoric and research shapes the maker movement, Hannah Stewart
* Confusion of Things — The IoT Hardware Kerfuffle, Omer Kilic (@OmerK)
* Disrupting the IoT by leveraging the ESP8266 for big data, Matt Venn
* Controlling a CNC milling machine with a BeagleBone Black and Machinekit, Stuart Childs
* Speculative Hardware in Abstract Culture, Derek Hales
* How to Openwash Your Product and Make Your Millions!, Ben Gray
* Simulating and benchmarking the Adapteva Parallella board, Sarah Mount
* Introducing a fun documentation standard to share your project, Tobias Wenzel
* C88 — possibly the world’s lowest spec PC, Daniel Bailey
* Using open source processors and fabrics for scale-out compute, Rob Taylor
* WSPR, You Versus the Atmosphere: Pushing the limits of radio with minimal hardware, Jenny List
* Low level Ethernet on micros and FPGA, Michael Kellett
* Open Hardware Licensing – it’s easier than you think, Andrew Katz
* Compére, Dr Jeremy Bennett

* 3D modelling with Node.js, Ben Jefferson
* A hands-on introduction to ESP8266: Sensors for the Home, Omer Kilic
* Learn KiCad by building an ESP8266 sensor board, Matt Venn
* A £100 3D printed digital microscope, anyone?, Tobias Wenzel
* Arduino-based wearable electronics with the Seahorse, Jeremy Bennett
* Assembling the OSHCamp kit, Chelsea Back

RISC-V Privileged Architecture Draft seeks feedback

RISC-V is an up-and-coming alternative Open Hardware architecture, BSD-licensed, with no IP. It isn’t ready for use today, may grow into a viable alternative in the coming months. Currently, they are looking for feedback for their Privileged Architecture Draft Specification:

“This is only a proposal at this point, and we welcome community feedback and comments on this draft. Please participate in the discussion on the public sw-dev and hw-dev RISC-V mailing lists, to which you can subscribe on the website. We hope to freeze the core parts of this privileged architecture specification later this year. We will very shortly be releasing an updated Spike simulator and Linux port conforming to the proposed standard, along with QEMU updates to follow. A draft version of v1.8 of the spec is expected this summer, with a frozen v2.0 targeted for the fall. The draft Supervisor Binary Interface will be released with the next privileged ISA draft. It includes common functionality for TLB shootdowns, reboot/shutdown, sending inter-processor interrupts etc etc. This is a similar idea to the PALCode on the Alpha.”

They’re quite eager for some security feedback, in case there’re any hardware security experts here willing to help them out:

More Information:

Click to access riscv-privileged-spec-v1.7.pdf

Click to access riscv-privileged-workshop-june2015.pdf

Bunnie on closed phone platforms

Earlier this week, bunnie Huang, creator of Bunnie Studios and the open hardware-based Novena system, created a video on YouTube that helps remind people about how closed phone-based computers are, how little options consumers have, and the need for more openly-available (unlocked), Open Source Hardware, firmware, and software options, for the community to be able to drive things, not just a handful of corporations.

“The phone lies at the foundation of 21st century human (and non-human) communication, and shapes these exchanges for the hand, for the eye, and in the mind. The video was created by bunnie huang and Kevin Slavin.