Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Remember the Raspberry Pi ARM board we talked about last week? Well, while running Quake III is all fine and dandy and illustrates the board is capable of something, it didn't really tell me anything since I'd guess few people are going to use such a board for gaming. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Raspberry Pi team posted another demo today - running 1080p video for eight hours straight. The chip was still cool to the touch. And just to reiterate: $25.
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"Long term" matters
by Nth_Man on Fri 9th Sep 2011 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Brynet"
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The only thing that really matters is whether it works or not.

"Long term" matters. A lot of software technologies have been proprietary and cheap at the beginning... to be used, at long term, to abuse of people, when the market has grown and there is a vendor lock-in.

In a vendor lock-in, without competition... conscientious people finally get tired of paying for services and products just to serve interests of monopolistic companies. Most of them finally realize about planned obsolescence, about plans that force them to pay, wait, pay, wait, pay...

Money from planned obsolescence is also paid in part by all people, as we are customers of companies that must pay software monopolies, as we are citizens of an affected country and so we have to pay more money in taxes, etc.

That extra money and time does not go to the benefit of people, but to profit some interested parts.

So most of the conscientious people... at short or long term... finally care about free/libre software.

Edited 2011-09-09 18:28 UTC

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