Tag Archives: Marcin

Vote For An Open Source Ecology Documentary In The Focus Forward Competition

Vimeo is being stupid and I can’t figure out how to embed the video.

Anywho, Open Source Ecology (OSE) is an awesome project that is trying to create an open source version of the infrastructure that the modern world depends on. Basically, all the machines you’d need to turn dirt into iPhones.

This is a documentary about their work that has been doing well in the Focus Forward filmmaker competition. Go watch it and add your vote!

http://vimeo.com/focusforwardfilms/semifinalists/51764445

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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 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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