Openmoko, the open-source mobile handset group, today announced that its electrical schematics will be freely published. Though an unfathomable idea to most modern handset makers, in Openmoko’s opinion schematics are just another form of documentation, the company and its partners explained.
If customers or engineers can find and fix bugs in the design, or add new features, then so be it, the company said. Openmoko already published the computer-aided design files for its Neo 1973 and Neo FreeRunner handsets, officials noted.
“One of the freedoms we value the most is the freedom to explore. To fully understand the details of complex systems, to adapt and enhance them,” said Openmoko architect Werner Almesberger, in the statement. “We now take our commitment to openness to the next level by releasing our schematics to the public, allowing anyone to find out how the system works and how to improve it.”
The schematics will be covered by a Creative Commons license, the company said.
How the company will succeed on a business level is not entirely clear. But the $399 FreeRunner sold out its initial production batch, officials added.