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Sender: Theo Markettos
From: Theo Markettos
Subject: Re: Open Source Consumer Products
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Date: 24 Nov 2002 18:46:54 +0000 (GMT)
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Alex Pavloff wrote:
> 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?
One thing I would encourage is opening up of schematics. Now the web is
around, it's minimal cost to put the schematics of equipment on a website -
it's not like anyone has to put extra effort into drawing them as might be
said for service manuals.
What's the implications of this? Well, I miss the days when the schematic
for equipment was stuck on the inside of the case, which makes servicing so
much easier. For example, the computer I'm typing this on (an Acorn Risc
PC, made in the 1990s) has available a technical manual with full
schematics. This means it's much easier to service it. If a fault happens to
be in one of the ASICs on the board, so be it, but more often than not
faults occur in the generic ICs or discrete components which can be fixed.
This could be done through the corner electronics repair shop, rather than
having to send the unit back to the manufacturer.
It's not like a manufacturer is giving away too many secrets since the
design will often include ASICs which aren't very easy to copy. One
downside as far as the manufacturer is concerned is that more reliable or
serviceable equipment means consumers are less likely to throw it away and
buy new - but I'd hope new taxes on electronics waste would help this
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