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Re: Windows PC mag talks Open Hardware

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____/ Homer on Tuesday 09 Aug 2011 05:06 : \____

> Here's an article from this month's edition of Computer Power User, a
> magazine deeply entrenched in the Windows ecosystem, which is usually
> nothing but a big, glorified advertising brochure for "hardcore gamer
> hardware" and kiddies with more money than sense.
> I first heard about this magazine last year, when DooFy posted a link
> to it, bragging about how expensive all the hardware was, and that we
> couldn't afford any of it, because we're "freetards" or something.
> Well he'll /love/ this month's edition, because it's got a nice, big,
> two-page spread on "Open Source Hardware".
> Here's a taste:
> [quote]
> Open-source software is a heavily documented and discussed phenomenon â
> see, for example, the very monthly article youâre currently reading. But
> a companion field, open hardware, is growing quickly and presents some
> intriguing possibilities for technology both today and in the future.
> ...
> Some tech companies have discovered that it's financially wise to
> open-source some of their ideas and components. For example, if a
> company sells a certain kind of processor, it behooves them to let
> others use their schematics and designs for, say, a computer, because
> then they effectively sell more of their processors.  Further, if a
> company makes a design freely available, people who want to build the
> project need to buy components from that very same company.
> Open-sourcing their intellectual property also helps drive innovation,
> which inevitably comes back around to them in the form of new customers
> attracted to the lower cost of entry. And, of course, it acts as a
> magnet to the horde of garage-and-basement tinkerers and DIYers who will
> want to use those products to build their creations. In short, everybody
> wins.
> [/quote]
> http://www.computerpoweruser.com/DigitalIssues/ComputerPowerUser/CP____1109__/offline/download.pdf
> Maybe the magazine's new-found love of freedom was prompted by the US
> narrowly escaping bankruptcy last week.

Watch what happened yesterday though. No long-term solution.

> Looks like we "freetards" might come in handy, after all.

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