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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 10:28:52 +0100
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"Alex Pavloff" wrote in message
> 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?
See my other post
> >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?
Because it would be future proof and infinitely upgradeable, extendable and
customizable. A software change and I can watch European TV programs.
Another software change and I can tap into the MPEG2 stream directly and
ooze it towards my HD recorder. Another SW change and I can accomodate a new
EPG (Electronic Program Guide) format. And the list goes on and on.
> >Mobile phone?
> 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.
> >This would
> >mean that a growing number of devices would fit the bill. Most older
> >TV's are pretty static designs but the newer digital ones would be
> >infinitely upgradeable.
> 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?
Many people upgrade their computers' SW without even knowing what they're
doing so why not with appliances. If it will endow their appliances with new
capabillities most people are willing to stick in a CD or cable and push a
button to reprogram it, I'm sure of that.
> >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.
That's true, and we're already moving in that direction. But that doesn't
mean that in the future all appliances will be converted PC's, though. For
most appliances, PC's are simply too expensive a platform to work with
unless you want to centralize everthing in one box, which is unlikely
because a failure would mean not just that my CD player won't work but my
TV, radio, word processor and home security system as well. Most people
won't put up with that (I know I won't).
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