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Open Source In iWoz

I am a big big fan of Steve Wozniak. He was one of the rare ones who talked more about love with technology than business. I have read iWoz a couple of times, but in this read the open source spirit stood out for me. Here is an excerpt.


I did this project [Apple I] for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it was a project to show the people at Homebrew that it was possible to build a very affordable computer – a real computer you could program for the price of the Altair – with just a few chips. In that sense, it was a great way to show off my real talent, my talent of coming up with clever designs, designs that were efficient and affordable. By that I mean designs that would use the fewest components possible.
I also designed the Apple I because I wanted to give it away for free to other people. I gave out schematics for building my computer at the next meeting I attended.
That was my way of socializing and getting recognized. I had to build something to show other people. And I wanted the engineers at Homebrew to build computers for themselves, not just assemble glorified processors like the Altair. …

You see all the benefits of open source in there – demonstrating talent, providing value and networking through it. And most importantly that urge to let other people build on your own designs.

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