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From: Ian Montgomerie
Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 22:30:34 -0800
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On Wed, 20 Nov 2002 10:40:32 +0100, "Geraldo S."
>> 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?
In most product lines Sony has higher than average features and
quality. The reputation of their brand isn't some mystical
"mindshare". They got it by having a better average quality than many
of their competitors. They succeeded at things joe consumer cares
about, not at things they don't (like whether the software on their TV
is open source).
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