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 vivainio on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 20:05 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?

Right. Especially if you are not doing a phone but e.g. a WiFi only tablet, it's commodity hardware through and through. You can't go to a website and make an a'la carte component setup yet (like you can with desktop PCs), but that's probably not far off.

Translation: we don't need to be worried even if a few phone companies decide to lock down their gadgets. Free hw is here to stay.

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