Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:06 UTC
Linux All of us who use computers create a problem we rarely consider. How do we dispose of them? This is no small concern. Estimates put the number of personal computers in use world-wide today at about one billion. The average lifespan of a personal computer is only two to five years. We can expect a tidal wave of computers ready for disposal shortly, and this number will only increase. And as if that isn't challenge enough, there are already several hundred million computers out-of-service, sitting in attics and basements and garages, awaiting disposal.
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What about Intel and AMD?
by soulrebel123 on Wed 16th Jun 2010 06:35 UTC
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I totally am a MS-hater, but when it comes to e-waste the real bad guys are the chip companies.
I don't think that different cpus cost that much different to manufacturers.
In a world that did not have profit, we would see only one or two cpus, built at the maximum possible level of technology. Goes without saying that hi-end cpu gets obsolete later.

The windows OEM license model, that ties it to the hardware, should be simply illegal, as what it is really a license to steal for MS. It has some implications on e-waste, but it's not the main issue.

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