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The article is largely aimed at ownership of
cellphones. That still leaves PCs and so on.
Also, technology may put the "hardware restricters"
out of business. Look at this -
It's a new technology called "beam-pen lithography".
From the article -
"Beam-pen lithography could lead to the development
of a desktop printer of sorts for nanofabrication,
giving individual researchers a great deal of
control over their work.
Such an instrument would allow researchers at universities and in the electronics industry to rapidly prototype - and possibly produce - high-resolution elctronic devices right in the lab."
So, an enterprising person could set up in business
by buying one of these gizmos. Let's call them
foo.com. Then, if NastyCorp refuses to let me own my gizmo, I say "fine - I'll go to foo.com and get them to make one for me. One that *I* own." Edited 2010-08-02 07:04 UTC
So in a way it's the advanced version of fab@home ?
It seems that almost any small company can call Asia to make them a smartphone/tablet/laptop according to their specifications that can almost rival the best a huge company like Nokia, Samsung and Apple can do. Sure there will be locked down phones but doesn't this developer think there will be brands that keep it totally open so you can put your own OS on it?
I'll give you the tablets on potential but that netbook seems pretty stock, except you don't pay for Windows by default.
On the tablets though, I'd still put my money down for the iPad if only for the ease of the interface, tight app store integration, branding and of coarse Apple's focus on all customers being happy.
From what I can tell these come with either Linux or Windows and well all I can say about that is - bad idea. The OS needs to be built from the ground up to be for touch tablets and trying to retrofit a desktop OS onto a tablet is doomed.
Do these things even have an app store?
Yeah, somehow I just don't think it's going to work.
Not too long ago I bought a Samsung Spica. I instantly wanted to explore it and tried to access various parts of the filesystem just to find that everything was read only and I had no way to get root. I was just shocked by this. A free operating system that does not let me do stuff? Not only could I not access areas, there wasn't even a su or sudo command.
Later on I also discovered that I will not get the latest Android version because the Phone appearently is "too old". In my deluded world I thought updating would be something in the lines of apt-getting the latest code from some repository somewhere. Oh how ignorant I was. I have tons of really old hardware at home and the problem of beeing "too old" has never occured to me as a problem.
I could install a fresh Android version on it by rooting but I don't expect anything to work because the drivers for the different pieces of hardware isn't open source so whats the use. The phone is not a particulary interesting device to play around with anyway so I just gave up and now uses it marely as a phone. It saves me a few braincells but hurts my heart a little.
but it gets some other day to day things wrong.
Like battery life.
Excellent point - but I'd rather recharge every day than live as a serf every day. :-D
And that's why GPLv3 exists. You may not like him, but Stallman is a visionary.
Yeah, mark me as one of those who didn't see the future coming until it was too late. I didn't think it would be necessary and was too distracted by the patent related sections to realize the genius of the anti tivo section.
I do care, and I try to only get hardware that will allow me to tweak it.
But normal people couldn't care less, and this is where all these companies win.
They get free software as a means to lower their development costs, not because they share any kind of ideals with the open source community.
Using the mobile phone manufactures as an example, if you would be able to upgrade the installed OS, the technical support costs would increase and people would not buy new phones to get the new OS version.
Actually Nokia does not get this 100%.
It all depends on which Nokia unit you are speaking about.
As a software developer I'm happy more and more software is free as speech. If also pattens in software could disappear...
But I'm also happy software is less and less free as beer.
Sorry, but it make a lot of sense to share your work with other developers for free, but it makes no sense at all to share it with end users.
I think we (as industry) are getting it right finally.
End users are developers-in-training. Developers are also end users. If I buy the hardware I own it and should be able to do or not do anything I like with it. This is not negotiable! The user should be handed ultimate power and be left to choose whether or not to use it, because the user is me and I am a developer, and a hacker and one day I may want to do something with my phone that the distributor did not expect or permit.
End users are developers-in-training.
This is lunatic.
The user buys a phone or a tablet.
The developer an SDK and some hardware for testing.
They live in very different worlds, and have very different needs and expectations.
First, whenever I say free software in this post, I mean as in beer.
Being able to freely experiment with software development is a new phenomenon, that mostly started in the 90`s (for normal people).
Normal people were writing - and publishing - software for the eight bit micro in the late-seventies and early eighties.
Atari even had an "app store" for hobbyists writing commercially viable games in Atari BASIC and assembly.
Only a very small number of people had computers at all.
I don't know what time frame you are talking about, but I am pretty sure that in first half of 1970 there was little or no proprietary software. Home computing only took off in 1980s, and it was Gates and AT&T who made the mess.
Most of those products don't spend too much time trying to prevent newer software from being installed. If you really can't upgrade the software, its more likely an accident, rather than a detailed plan to thwart us free software lovers. Of course, the hardware is typically less powerful than more recognizable brands.
'We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy'
What the hell on earth? That sounds very unreal
I certainly do own my HW and I would not agree for nt owning HW I buy, so It may be just that *you*, dear author, allow others to dictate you things, or *you* just like to follow the IT trends