Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Apr 2008 20:01 UTC, submitted by irbis
3D News, GL, DirectX Open Graphics Project founder Timothy Miller recently noted on the project's mailing list that they are set to announce that their first hardware, the OGD1, is ready for pre-order. "The OGD1 design has actually been finished for a couple of months now," he began, explaining that they've been setting up a way to process pre-orders for the first 100 boards. The board will retail at USD 1500, with a USD 100 discount offered for the first 100 pre-orders. "These are pre-orders, not orders," Timothy continued, "that means the lead time is unpredictable. We don't have a stock. We will purchase a stock based on the number of pre-orders we get. Also, this means that if we never get a large enough number of pre-orders, we will be unable to fulfil them; all pre-orders would be cancelled, and no one would be charged anything."
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RE: Since I believe..
by theosib on Thu 17th Apr 2008 15:25 UTC in reply to "Since I believe.."
theosib
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$1500 is the retail price, but discounts are available. Also, the board itself cost a lot to develop and costs a lot in parts. As such, the amount of "profit" that would be earned from sales of those cards isn't nearly what you'd expect. If we were to make (OPTIMISTICALLY) $500 per card, that's $50'000 in profit, but that's money that would be immediately reinvested into more open hardware development, not put into anyone's pocket. And $50'000 may sound like a lot, but it's not enough to pay anyone's salary. We're paying up-front costs out of our own pockets and working for free.

At this point in time, the most valuable thing that can be done by anyone who is enthusiastic about this is to publicize this and get people to place pre-orders. The web site order form still needs some work, but we can take pre-orders NOW. If you believe in Free Software, get the word out.

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