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Via's OpenBook Initiative Fails at Actually Being Open

May 29, 2008, 18:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Chipmaker VIA has announced its new OpenBook Mini-Note reference design, which is a set of 'open' specifications for its next-generation ultramobile concept. VIA is making the reference design publicly available in order to provide third-party hardware manufacturers with a starting point for creating subnotebook products based on VIA's hardware platform.

"In addition to offering a list of recommended components and basic specifications, VIA is also providing CAD files for the physical enclosure of its reference design. VIA says that the CAD files will be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC-AS) license so that manufacturers will be able to reduce their development costs by simply customizing the default design..."

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