“Ambitious open source projects are nothing new. After all, the
free software movement started with the GNU project – the creation
of free tools to build a free operating system – which at one point
many would have considered an impossible dream.
However, the participants in the Open Source Ecology project
take ambition to new heights. The project takes the principles that
were developed originally by the open source software movement and
later the experiments with open source hardware, and applies them
to developing an environmentally friendly society by creating open
source tools capable of building sustainable communities – pretty
much from scratch, using recycled and scrap materials.