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Facebook Open Source Hardware

Top Telcos Join Facebook Open Source Hardware Project (thestack.com) 18

An anonymous reader sends word about the latest telcos to join Facebook's Open Compute Project. The Stack reports: "A new wave of communications companies has joined Facebook's non-profit Open Compute Project (OCP), including AT&T, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom and South Korea's SK Telecom, as the movement seeks to share innovative hardware designs and drive down costs in the telecom arena. An OCP sub-section focused entirely on telecom requirements has been set up to look into servers and networking efficiency in the field. As one of the largest hardware buyers, telcos will provide a significant new market for the project, alongside its successful data center efforts.
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Top Telcos Join Facebook Open Source Hardware Project

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  • I'm sorry, we already have an "OCP", and Officer Alex Murphy can tell you how well that worked out.
  • > ...as the movement seeks to share innovative hardware designs and drive down costs in the telecom arena...
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    Is it coincidence they talk about reducing *costs*, but fail to mention reducing *prices*?

  • don't let the name confuse you, the Open Compute Project is not open source hardware! the Open Compute Project is a set of specifications for form factors intended for use in data centers. it would be like declaring an "Open Desktop Project" and then publishing a spec for the ATX and ITX form factors. sure, you could make a case and people could make motherboards for it but it's not open source, it's just a physical specification.

    • Correct. [opencompute.org]

      'Open compute' seems to be about publishing Facebook's techniques to run a large server-farm.

      Perhaps it's meant to remind us of OpenStack, but it's certainly nothing to do with FOSS hardware.

      'thestack.com' is clearly garbage.

    • Then this is way too boring for me to comment on...

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