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Reply-To: "Geraldo S."
From: "Geraldo S."
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Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 10:18:38 +0100
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"David Siebert" wrote in message
> > Yes, why not. It would mean that you're product is virtually
> > (unless something really radically new came along).
> > How about an Open Source PC? Or game console (someone tried that I
> I think the PC is pretty much open sourced as it is.
Yes, but we're all stuck with the same hardware. What if you wanted to build
a PC on an entirely different architecture? With today's fixation on
consolidation (i.e. less choice because everyone and their mother is moving
towards x86) you won't be able to get a foot in the door unless you set up
an entirely different business model.
> Not game consoles are another matter. I do not see any good way for that
> to work out.
> The Consoles are cheap to the consumer. Look at the PS2. That is a
> really nice bit of kit for $200. How much can Sony make on it? Figure $5
> just for shipping and $20 to the store. You have only $175 left for the
> actual cost of hardware and profit. Not a lot of profit. Now add in the
> games at $29.00 each now you start to see the money. What Sony does not
> want is for a bunch of people to start making "Free" Games.
> What I really want is open interfaces, file formats, and APIs. Let me
> string together what I want.
That isn't going to happen because the one (hardware) feeds off the other
(software royalties). One needs to break open the business model to get a
foot in between the door. The only way to do that is making the platform
royalty free and the hardware free for everyone to produce.
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