Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th May 2006 20:03 UTC, submitted by anonymous
AMD Eighteen months after shipping, AMD's Personal Internet Communicator, aimed at lowering the cost of computing so half the world could enjoy Internet access by 2015, apparently still doesn't run Linux. It now appears the design may actually be rigged to block the use of Linux.
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RE[2]: So let me get it staright...
by capricorn_tm on Fri 5th May 2006 16:45 UTC
capricorn_tm
Member since:
2005-12-31

And a linux licence completely free.

Sorry pal, but you're totally missing the point. This comp is locked because it was made that way and the licence, on an overall basis, costs probably more than the hardware itself. Did you see the stats?

They put CE inside and locked it on purpose to use it as a beachhead for windows in developping nations ( IMO).
Creating a linux custom for that machine isn't that difficult at all.
And on the long run, cheaper.

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Morin Member since:
2005-12-31

> No mate, sorry, but this is selling a product with
> windows inside, and an illegal block to alternatives.

Of course it is selling a product with Windows inside - why not? If AMD thinks that they will be better off with Windows, it's their decision. And why exactly is a trick to block alternatives illegal?

> And a linux licence completely free.

You are not in the position to decide for AMD which is cheaper. If you think that you can build a better, cheaper device based on Linux, go ahead.

> This comp is locked because it was made that way

Exactly. I would do the same thing, although I might choose Linux for the software. This gadget is simply not meant to use it with different software, and everybody who tries it anyway should have to tweak it enough to be aware that he loses warranty and support. This in turn raises the level of quality for those who use it as intended.

> and the licence, on an overall basis, costs
> probably more than the hardware itself.

So again you are saying that they have made a bad decision that costs them money. Do you own AMD stocks or why is this so important to you?

Sorry, but I don't see the logic in what you are saying. You don't want to have Linux on this thingy just for the sake of it, do you?

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