Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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RE[3]: Comment by MrWeeble
by ilovebeer on Wed 29th Aug 2012 01:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MrWeeble"
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They very much did originally intend it to be used for educational/development purposes, which was their reasoning for not including the MPEG-2 licenses out of the box.

Not sure where you heard that but it's not true. According to the foundation themselves, the only reason the mpeg2 license wasn't included was because they couldn't do so and maintain the $35 price.

While they are providing this as an add-on, I don't think they will be going for all-out consumer focussed any time soon

They've been clear that providing people with a cheap & usable computer is one of their primary goals. So is staying in business (yes, even non-profits are businesses) and for that reason alone they understand the importance of accommodating common use needs. This is exactly why the mpeg2 and vc1 licenses are now available for purchase.

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