From: Alex Pavloff
Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
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Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 01:00:43 GMT
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On Tue, 19 Nov 2002 21:47:55 +0100, "Geraldo S."
Some practical problems:
>How about an Open Source PC?
What does this get you? So you have the necessary things to produce a
modern umpteen-layer motherboard. You're going to get this fabbed...
where exactly? And for how much?
>Or game console (someone tried that I think)?
Someone did. Its not the tech that drives game consoles, its the
>Or CD player? Or TV set?
And this is going to get one whose network?
>I think appliances with lots of
>sofware (DSP or embedded) would absolutely benefit from this.
I don't think so. Appliances are appliances.
>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
Upgradable to what? Do you actually want RAM, Processor, and hard
drive space to be a concern on your TV? Do you want the OS to matter?
>Future versions will be completely digital (i.e.
>signal is digitized from the antenna, no IF stages).
If you want something to be open source, then put it in your PC and go
from there. The PC is a general purpose computing device. Its taking
years and years and years to have the quality development tools that
we have for it. Its mass-produced, its affordable, and its common.
Put TV cards in it, wire up coffee pots to it, get small PC-based SBCs
and carry it around in a box. Done.
Alex Pavloff - remove BLAH to email
Software Engineer, Eason Technology