Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 11th Nov 2005 21:42 UTC, submitted by Raffaele
Morphos On their blogspot site, Bill Buck and Raquel Velasco, owners of Genesi (which manufactures Pegasos PowerPC-CPU based motherboards) revealed that they could soon release all designs, layouts, HAL and Open Firmware of their platforms under GPL licence.
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RE: My freedom sense
by Tom K on Fri 11th Nov 2005 22:35 UTC in reply to "My freedom sense"
Tom K
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2005-07-06

No, it won't. Chip/motherboard fabrication plants are extremely expensive to build nowadays, so your only other choice is to hire the likes of TSMC/IBM/etc. That's also out of the question for 99.9% of companies, unless they're willing to shell out the $1-2 million required for a chip mask.

The problem with it is that unless you're planning to produce a few million chips (and sell them all), it's a very, very expensive undertaking -- and one which would land a lot of small companies in the black.

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RE[2]: My freedom sense
by ODW-Developer on Fri 11th Nov 2005 22:48 in reply to "RE: My freedom sense"
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2005-10-12

Hey "Poo", there is more than Linux on this platform. You can solder a chip on board one person at a time if necessary.

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RE[3]: My freedom sense
by Tom K on Fri 11th Nov 2005 23:02 in reply to "RE[2]: My freedom sense"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

Err ... who said anything about Linux? I didn't.

And yes, I know you can build this stuff by hand (as in the home-built computers that some of you old-timers built back in the day), but my response was in reply to a suggestion that small startups could sell "open" PCs. Unless those startups plan to build each and every computer by hand (and even then they need a chip foundry) and sell the finished product for very, very, very much $$$, their only other choice is to hire another company to do it for them -- and that's not cost-effective for a limited product run.

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