Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 03:53 UTC, submitted by fsmag
GNU, GPL, Open Source We are heading towards a world where we no longer own the hardware we buy -- and there is no point in having free software if you can't own your hardware.
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RE: More choice
by lemur2 on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 10:50 UTC in reply to "More choice"
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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?


Here is an example of exactly that (from over a year ago now), which I bought for myself:

http://www.kogan.com.au/shop/kogan-agora-netbook-pro/

Here are a few examples that I haven't bought:
http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/products/info.asp?c1=183&c2=185&...
http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/products/info.asp?c1=183&c2=185&...
http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/products/info.asp?c1=183&c2=185&...

(Please note that although these devices from Pioneer show Windows running, and the specifications say that the device "supports Windows OS", Windows is not actually included. If you go to the "build your own" page you will find that Ubuntu is the only OS available at no extra cost beyond the base price. Any version of Windows would cost extra).

Pioneer and Kogan are small Australian companies who have done exactly as you suggest ... they have arranged with an Asian OEM to make them a smartphone/tablet/laptop according to their specifications. These specifications do not include an OS ... the OS is added later in Australia at the customer's order. It does indeed give the customer more choices.

This then seems to me an eminently satisfactory way to do it. The customer here truly does own the hardware he or she buys, and the customer chooses what software wil be installed on the machine they buy.

Edited 2010-08-02 10:54 UTC

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