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Re: Roundup: Nearly 100 tiny computers, most of which can never run Windows

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____/ Homer on Monday 30 March 2009 18:58 : \____

> [quote]
> Also, with many of these products taking advantage of the latest
> high-integration system-on-chip processors (StrongARM, Elan, Etrax,
> etc.), which are not typically x86 compatible, PC compatibility has
> become the exception rather than the rule.
> [/quote]
> http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT8498487406.html
> GNU/Linux supports more hardware than Windows, thanks to the Freedom of
> Free Software, which allows unrestricted cooperation and development.
> Conversely, in the dark, mysterious, selfish and sinister world of
> proprietary software, companies actually *threaten litigation* against
> those who dare to make their hardware actually work, since apparently
> having drivers in a broken state is a *deliberate* "business decision":
> [quote]
> Kawakami's expertise allowed him to enable advanced features in sound
> cards that Creative advertised as Vista-compatible, but which did not
> perform as well under that operating system as they do under Windows XP.
> After tolerating the distribution of his unofficial drivers for a time,
> Creative's vice president of corporate communications, Phil
> O'Shaughnessy, ultimately asked him to stop, and accused him of
> "stealing their goods." O'Shaughnessy also wrote that whether or not it
> cripples its Vista drivers is a "business decision that only we have the
> right to make."
> [/quote]
> http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/04/daniel_k-who-fi.html
> The GNU/Linux community aims to *empower* its users, by giving them
> whatever they need, and allowing them to use it without restriction.
> Proprietary software corporations aim to *exploit* their users with
> inhibition and prohibition, designed to artificially manipulate the
> market, to satisfy their greed and paranoia.
> These corporations are so determined to "protect" their precious "IP",
> that they would rather their hardware didn't work at all, than have this
> "IP" become public knowledge that is Freely implementable.
> And the result of this "protection" ... millions of computers, embedded
> systems and other devices which will never utilise their hardware or
> software, and billions in lost revenue.
> Idiots.
> May they choke on their precious "IP".

You didn't get the memo? "IP" is dying, just like slavery.

Lehman predicts IP will be sidelined under Obama

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