Make Magazine Calls On TechCrunch To Follow Through On CrunchPad Open Source Promise

Nov 30th, 2009 | By | Category: Computer Hardware, General

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Make Magazine is calling on TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington to open source the failed CrunchPad project.

When the CrunchPad concept was announced last year, Arrington made open source design a central feature:

“Let’s design it, build a few and then open source the specs so anyone can create them. If everything works well, we’d then open source the design and software and let anyone build one that wants to.”

Now Make Magazine’s Phil Torrone is asking Arrington to follow through on the open source promise. Since TechCrunch is killing the project, why not open source it?

mike – phil from MAKE magazine here. you said many times that the project was an open source project (the hardware and the software) – where are the files, the schematics, the source code, the PCB files, etc? is it correct to assume that “fusion garage” is not going to release any source or continue this project as an open source (software/hardware project)? if that’s the case it seems like “open source” was used again just to get good will and marketing and not really put any value in.

Is there anything there to open source?

It’s not clear – but maybe Make readers and the open source community could make something of the project.

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