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The First Replication Of The First Open Source Tractor

Open Source Ecology (OSE) is trying to create an open source alternative to all of the industry and infrastructure that a modern civilization requires.

They got a little bit closer to that goal when two high school students followed the documentation provided on their website and produced an independent copy of OSE’s LifeTrac and the Power Cube that provides it with hydraulic pressure. This is D & H Tractors discussing the process.

The OSE blog post.

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Open Source Ecology Recruiting Team Members

Maybe you haven’t heard about Open Source Ecology (OSE) yet. I suppose that’s a possibility.

You’re going to be hearing a lot more about this amazing open source agriculture/infrastructure project in the near future. If you want to be a part of it, well, they’re making a big push to recruit team members right now! But first, the Indiegogo.com campaign (OSE is featured in this documentary).

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Open Source Ecology Turns The Corner

Exponential growth kind of looks like a hockey stick. When you pass the horizontal part and start to go vertical it’s called ‘turning the corner.’

Open Source Ecology started out as basically one ex-fusion-PHD on a farm. His experiences on the farm turned into a dream. That dream is turning the corner.

Read this blog post for an explanation.

I think Marcin said it’s been about seven years since he started working on developing his vision for OSE. Now he’s actually got enough money and support to build a structure capable of open sourcing the entire industrial and agricultural infrastructure the world depends on. There’s a long way to go, no doubt about it, but things seem to be on the right track. I particularly like that he is moving away from the “ask people for money” paradigm so OSE can focus on the “earn money” paradigm.

If open source hardware is going to prove itself then it’s going to be in the marketplace. The most successful open source projects, things like Linux and Arduino and Makerbot, are all successful specifically because they can pay their own way forwards.

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