Open source IT hardware are physical configuration items designed and usually offered under the same terms as other open source products. Utilizing this premise, an open source IT hardware development project can apply similar open source value concepts during construction and deployment of IT infrastructure components. In particular, depending on the approach applied to open source IT hardware development, a hardware engineer can create a digital device customized to the exact needs of the user — even if the demand for the device is limited. Beneficially, information regarding the IT hardware of interest is typically easy to discern. In addition, when an IT hardware design is published as open source, project participants can: learn from the root documents, improve on the presented engineering concepts or second-source device development.
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