Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

tony,

I agree with you & the OP. Generally most people don't need to know the low level details, and that's a good thing because it makes us more efficient and less distracted.

"The more of the technology that is hidden from us, the more useful it is."

My own view though is that the low level things should remain out of the way, yet accessible for those of us who'd benefit from writing/installing third party modifications. We're seeing many modern platforms simply cutting off access to low levels. That's a big problem because it represents a growing inequality regarding access for developers/engineers who'd otherwise be able to further drive innovation.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's possibly perceived as much easier and/or cheaper (also with support, when some/many "average users" ~accidentally go too low) to lock things down ...or maybe the idea, for parent companies behind some platforms, is to not have too many outside devs able to compete with them?

Edited 2012-12-01 09:59 UTC

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