Reply-To: "Geraldo S."
From: "Geraldo S."
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Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 21:47:55 +0100
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"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
> On Tue, 19 Nov 2002 21:17:18 +0100, the renowned "Geraldo S."
> >What do you guys think, would it be wise for a company to produce 'Open
> >Source' consumer products (i.e. the design files and source codes, both
> >firmware, drivers and application programs)?
> Depends, for some products it might be an advantage, for others it
> could be a big yawn, and for some it would be suicidal.
> By open source, you mean something like the GPL?
Yes, why not. It would mean that you're product is virtually future-proof
(unless something really radically new came along).
How about an Open Source PC? Or game console (someone tried that I think)?
Or CD player? Or TV set? Mobile phone?I think appliances with lots of
sofware (DSP or embedded) would absolutely benefit from this. This would
mean that a growing number of devices would fit the bill. Most older analog
TV's are pretty static designs but the newer digital ones would be
infinitely upgradeable. Future versions will be completely digital (i.e.
signal is digitized from the antenna, no IF stages).