Reply-To: "Geraldo S."
From: "Geraldo S."
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Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 14:28:52 +0100
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"One Stone" wrote in message
> "Geraldo S." wrote:
> > "David Siebert" wrote in message
> > news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> > > > 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)?
> > > 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
> > a PC on an entirely different architecture? With today's fixation on
> > consolidation (i.e. less choice because everyone and their mother is
> > towards x86) you won't be able to get a foot in the door unless you set
> > an entirely different business model.
> Ah, the good old days! back before big bad IBM came along and forced
> this archaic piece of shit called a PC onto the highly anarchic world of
> personal computers (the original PC's). We were spoiled for choice of
> hardware beyond belief, from the Apple, C64, Ti99, Sinclair ZX80,ZX81,
> spectrum, Amstrads, Amigas, Jupiter Ace, and my personal favourite the
> BBC Model B, with multi-processors. Try running Camels on the Spectrum
> though, or Attic Attack on the Model B. Bland beige boxes have replaced
> the fun days of delving into the hardware directly, and even customising
> the instruction set (Model B), Windows then removed the ease of whacking
> in your own hardware and directly messing with the BIOS. The fun had
> gone out of computing a la desk, that's when I basically turned my
> efforts from the PC to solely embedded stuff, before I used to do both,
> but with advancing years I had to slow down somewhere.
> I miss the anarchy, and free spirited sharing of those days.
Same here ;)))
That's why I still have a soft spot for Apple. I've never used their
products for any length of time but they're sort of a living legend, a
living part of computer history. All the other players (Atari, Commodore)
are gone. (Sigh) It sometimes makes me feel so *old*.
And everyone knows that the x86 architecture is braindead.