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"We’re happy to share that we’ve released a GitHub repository of CAD and electrical documentation, all under an open-source Creative Commons license. In addition to 2D drawings of the Mainboard to help you design your projects, we’ve released two 3D-printable reference designs. One is a minimal VESA-mount holder that lets you attach the Mainboard to a monitor or TV, while the other is a fully featured small form factor desktop case. Both of these are easy to print on home 3D printers. Since these are open source, you are free to modify, remix, and redistribute them however you’d like to. All of this is a starting point for a broader set of open source Mainboard documentation to enable creation of fully compatible third-party Mainboards in the future."

Open19 Project versus the Open Compute Project | Datacom Solutions
Keep in mind that the article is kind of old, from 2017. I unfortunately couldn't find similar comparisons from more recently.

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Do closed hardware standards make it impossible to legally open source hardware that use them?
Say you're a hardware company and you want to make your motherboard design open source. Well, if your board has PCIe slots, the PCIe standard is closed source. If you want to use normal DDR DIMMs, that standard is owned by JEDEC. If you want USB, HDMI, SATA, etc, all those ports are closed standards too. Does that mean that it would be illegal for you to open source your board if it implements any of those standards, since the standards are closed and no one but the parent organizations can distribute them? What about a CPU? Sure, RISC-V is open source, but if you want any industry standard interfaces like USB, PCIe, DDR, all of those would require controllers on the processor, which would require licenses to the standards, etc. Does that mean that we will never have a completely open source chip design unless the author also designed their own open source interfaces for basically everything?

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