Openmoko, based in Taipei, Taiwan, is making its play to be king of the open source hill for mobile computing platforms.
It released its source code to the world in February 2007 thereby allowing the complete transformation of its mobile phone software. Just yesterday (March 4, 2008), it published the mechanical CAD files for its Neo branded mobile phones.
Openmoko posted the Neo CAD files on its site without fanfare. There has apparently been an overwhelming response.
"Openmoko provides one more key to anyone who wants to unlock the mobile phone. With these drawings, developers and designers will be able to create their own open phone from the inside out," said Lawrence Lessig, Founder and CEO of Creative Commons.
"By releasing the CAD files for the exterior of the phone under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license, Openmoko is unlocking what is a typically closely guarded secret in consumer electronics companies and putting it under a free license so others can build upon their work legally," Lessig said.
Who knows where this will end?
If you're interested enough to try it out, visit http://downloads.openmoko.org/CAD.