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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The main quibble I have is that the quality of entry-level stock components has gone down over the years and the failure rate has gone up.

I think that's looking at the past through somewhat rose-tinted glasses. Computers of the past were often notoriously unreliable (remember 8bit micros?)

And/or: entry-level components in the PC world have now much lower absolute price; So not that bad of a trade off.

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