Linux Pro Magazine this morning posted an article on a new definition of “open source hardware” (version 0.3) by several industry leaders. There are 11 basic tenets that are defined in the article and in the official document on freedomdefined.org, which also takes cues from the TAPR Open Hardware License. Here are the tenets:

1. Documentation
2. Necessary Software
3. Derived Works
4. Free redistribution
5. Attribution
6. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups
7. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor
8. Distribution of License
9. License Must Not Be Specific to a Product
10. License Must Not Restrict Other Hardware or Software
11. License Must Be Technology-Neutral

I think it is fantastic that open-source hardware is being taken so seriously. In fact, it is taken seriously to the point of a summit, the first Open Hardware Summit Sept. 23 in Queens, NY. If you’re in the area for ESC Boston, definitely stop by.