Reply-To: "Geraldo S."
From: "Geraldo S."
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Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 10:40:32 +0100
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"Ian Montgomerie" wrote in message
> On Tue, 19 Nov 2002 21:47:55 +0100, "Geraldo S."
> >"Spehro Pefhany" wrote in message
> >> On Tue, 19 Nov 2002 21:17:18 +0100, the renowned "Geraldo S."
> >> wrote:
> >> >What do you guys think, would it be wise for a company to produce
> >> >Source' consumer products (i.e. the design files and source codes,
> >> >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
> >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
> >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).
> Um, think about this for a minute. What is the model to make money on
> "open-source consumer products"?
Simply put: making money off selling the hardware in huge quantities because
you have that inquantitizable quality called 'mindshare'. Isn't that what a
brand like Sony has since it's basically selling the same product as Konka
but at a much higher price?