"Open source software has had a major impact on the applications
and platforms we all use today. Linux is now a very viable
alternative to Windows and Mac OS even for beginner PC users. The
Android operating system looks set to dominate on mobile hardware,
and more and more software applications are being released for free
as open source projects by anyone who can learn to program.
"Now the same looks set to happen for hardware. With the
development of cheap, easy to use electronics components as part of
the Arduino computing platform, it's becoming much easier to create
your own hardware solutions without spending a lot of money."