Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Jun 2012 22:21 UTC, submitted by Valhalla
Linux The BBC interviews Torvalds. I like this bit: "For me, Linux on the desktop is where I started, and Linux on the desktop is literally what I still use today primarily - although I obviously do have other Linux devices, including an Android phone - so I'd personally really love for it to take over in that market too. But I guess that in the meantime I can't really complain about the successes in other markets." Linux on the desktop is quite passe. Phones and servers is where it's at.
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RE[7]: Desktop Forever...
by WereCatf on Thu 14th Jun 2012 04:51 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Desktop Forever..."
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_crowd_funding_services

I wonder if any are available to WereCatf? Truth be told, since her project would require custom purpose hardware, the "All Or Nothing" model used by Kickstarter is probably not the best funding model. The wiki list includes other models such as "Keep It All" "Equity" and "Loan".


The problem with these alternatives is mostly the fact that, well, no one has heard of them. Hell, even *I* haven't heard of any of them and I'm a computer nerd. That means reaching the same kind of audience as with Kickstarter would be more-or-less impossible.

As an aside: yes, I realize what I have in mind would require me to actually set up a company, hire a patent-lawyer, some engineers and developers and thus even getting a prototype out the door would likely end up costing in the excess of 400,000 euro. Ie. there's no way anyone sane would want to finance that. Alas, one can still dream, dream of an open, multi-purpose ARM-device that's first and foremost built with end-users in mind, not profits.

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RE[8]: Desktop Forever...
by Alfman on Thu 14th Jun 2012 05:26 in reply to "RE[7]: Desktop Forever..."
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2011-01-28

WereCatf,

"...and thus even getting a prototype out the door would likely end up costing in the excess of 400,000 euro. Ie. there's no way anyone sane would want to finance that."

Alas, this is why I stick with software that I can develop myself and distribute to users running existing commodity hardware. A small team of efficient devs can out-perform significantly larger corporations at software. But the same cannot be said for hardware where being resource strapped places the bar infeasibility high for most devs.


"Alas, one can still dream, dream of an open, multi-purpose ARM-device that's first and foremost built with end-users in mind, not profits."

It's not that for-profit is bad, I really want open hardware vendors to be profitable. But the trouble is that manufacturers are selling out to corporations like MS & apple who want to control the entire hardware & software stack at the exclusion of everyone else. It is terrifying to consider what the proliferation of closed devices is doing to the software-only business model.

Edited 2012-06-14 05:27 UTC

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RE[9]: Desktop Forever...
by WereCatf on Thu 14th Jun 2012 14:03 in reply to "RE[8]: Desktop Forever..."
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Alas, this is why I stick with software that I can develop myself and distribute to users running existing commodity hardware.


That is good if it works for you, but the things I have in mind just cannot be done with commodity hardware.

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