From: David Siebert
Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 09:16:14 -0500
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One Stone wrote:
> "Geraldo S." wrote:
>>"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.
> 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.
Yes I miss my old Amiga and Commodore 64 as well. Yet in someways things
are better now for the hacker that wants to make there own PC than in
the old days. Take a look at the the Strong Arms and PPC chips out
there. With some skill you could whip up a nice little computer with
more raw horse power then those older systems. And thanks to Linux you
could have a some software to run on it.