On Tue, 21 Oct 2008 14:40:05 +0200, Hadron wrote:
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> Build It. Share It. Profit. Can Open Source Hardware Work?
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | That's because the Arduino board is a piece of open source hardware,
>> free for | anyone to use, modify, or sell. Banzi and his team have
>> spent precious | billable hours making the thing, and they sell it
>> themselves for a small
>> | profit while allowing anyone else to do the same. They're not |
>> alone in this
> "small profit"
>> | experiment. In a loosely coordinated movement, dozens of hardware |
> "loosely coordinated"
>> | around the world have begun to freely publish their specs. There are
>> open | source synthesizers, MP3 players, guitar amplifiers, and even
>> high-end | voice-over-IP phone routers. You can buy an open source
>> mobile phone to talk | on, and a chip company called VIA has just
>> released an open source laptop: | Anyone can take its design, fabricate
>> it, and start selling the | notebooks.
> Crazy eh? Someone will undercut them and they will go bust. Then the
> copycat will hoist its prices. Welcome to the real world.
>> | [...]
>> | Then again, Linux sounded pretty insane, too, back in 1991, when
>> Linus | Torvalds announced it. Nobody believed a bunch of part-time
>> volunteers could | create something as complex as an operating system,
>> or that it would | be more
> Huh? university under grads were doing it all the time.
>> | stable than Windows. Nobody believed Fortune 500 companies would
>> trust | software that couldn't be "owned." Yet 17 years later, the open
>> source | software movement has been crucial to the Cambrian explosion
>> of the Web | economy. Linux enabled Google to build dirt-cheap servers;
>> Java and | Perl and
> Don't be ridiculous. It didn't enable any such thing. It saved them a
> few quid per machine.
Yea verily, the Oracle hast articulated and mere mortals gasp at the
sheer audacity of his pronouncements.
I'm always polite, reasonable and kind.... except when I'm not.