Open Source Vending Machine

I found this really interesting concept, first developed in South Africa as a way to distribute open source software. This freestanding “Freedom Toaster” actually burns the free, open source software onto a CD. It’s an amazing concept and it’s a project that’s beginning to spread.

No doubt it will spread more as the result of the complete instructions for how to build, program, upload, maintain and care for one of these little vending machines is located on the Freedom Toaster website. I love seeing things like this. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and makes me start thinking more about how this would find a use in the rural areas of the US where broadband is limited and the ability to download huge programs is non-existent.