Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Nov 2011 22:03 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Okay, I think we can all agree on the fact that while Microsoft's Surface machines might not be particularly useful for most of us, we all secretly want one, or something similar. Thanks to EXOPC, you'll now be able to: for $1299, you'll have a 40" multitouch interactive desk.
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Alternative OS?
by spiderman on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 07:11 UTC
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

This is awesome hardware. I wonder if it would be possible to install an alternative OS on this (illegally, of course)

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RE: Alternative OS? - illegally?
by jabbotts on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 17:15 in reply to "Alternative OS?"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Why not just use an OS you already have a license for or can legally obtain?

As for the hardware, one may potentially invalidate the warrenty but that should only become illegal if you then defraud the company over a warrenty issue.

Why on earth would installing a different OS or modifying the hardware be illegal in and of itself?

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Why not just use an OS you already have a license for or can legally obtain?

Because I like my freedom. I don't want to share my privacy with somebody that will sell it to whoever will pay for it, I don't want to have my data locked down by whatever obscure format they decide I should use, I don't want to be forced to pay for an upgrade and I want my hardware to be usable even after the vendor decides it's obsolete, etc...

As for the hardware, one may potentially invalidate the warrenty but that should only become illegal if you then defraud the company over a warrenty issue.

Why on earth would installing a different OS or modifying the hardware be illegal in and of itself?

Because that would probably involve some reverse engineering, breaking trade secrets and/or patents?

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RE: Alternative OS?
by Elv13 on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 06:06 in reply to "Alternative OS?"
Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

(Bias: They are made close from where a I come from, but I have no relation with them)

One people I know asked an EXOPC to test Linux on it before it launched, she got 2. So they are not that Linux unfriendly. As long as you buy them, they seem to be happy.

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