"Open source" has been a buzz word for quite a long time in the past and present and the topic was discussed & debated more by the firmware and software engineers. As a hardware guy I did not poke much into it. But now I see some changes might be around the corner and if I don't understand and adopt what is good about it, my skill set as a hardware engineer might soon be "obsolete"!! I see that IBM has opened up their server design - the gerbers, schematics etc...it this the trend for the server industries only? I believe some more are going to join in...who are they? What is the advantages for the hardware manufacturers? A few days back I saw an article on "open source PCB"!!! How can this make a revolution? Moreover what the skillset the hardware engineers would have....more hardware engineers would lose job?
Moreover what the skillset the hardware engineers would have....more hardware engineers would lose job?
@Sanjib.A, why do you think "Open source" trend will make hardware engineers lose their job ? Eventually companies do need hardware engineers to build optimal design even if most of the design is made open source.