16 Aug '13, 2pm

77% students, 81% hobbyists, 52% engineers say they're more likely to use open source in 2013:

The open-source movement continues to gain traction in 2013 among core groups, according to a survey released by electronics distributor Newark element14. The results conclude that more professional engineers, hobbyists, and students will all use open-source software and hardware for one or more design projects this year. Of those surveyed, more than half (56 percent) of professional engineers will use BeagleBone and Arduino in 2013. For hobbyists, that number jumps to 82 percent, and for students, 85 percent. Additionally, more than half (52 percent) of professional engineers are more likely to use open-source software in 2013, as well as 81 percent of hobbyists and 77 percent of students, as compared to years past. What do these findings mean for the engineering and design communities? Perhaps most importantly, these numbers demonstrate how engineers' opinions about open...

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