Richard Stallman has an article today in Wired arguing that hardware designs should be free. Traditionally he has been pretty quiet on the subject of open hardware, but now I’ve seen two articles from him in the past few weeks in that area. It think it’s pretty interesting because in the past he didn’t even have an interest in endorsing open hardware.
Now that home-scale manufacturing is becoming easier with the proliferation of 3D printers, the differences between compiling software and “compiling” hardware are getting smaller. Having access to the “source” of a 3D model of some consumer hardware can now actually be useful to the end-user, so I think I get why he’s interested.