What Linux users should know about open hardware

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Over at Datamation, Bruce Byfield opines, "What Linux users don't know about manufacturing open hardware can lead them to disappointment." Interesting stuff.
Both the manufacturing and distribution of digital products is controlled by a relatively small number of companies, whose time can sometimes be booked months in advance. Profit margins can be tight, so like movie studios that buy the rights to an ancient sit-com, the manufacturers usually hope to clone the success of the latest hot product. As Aaron Seigo told me when talking about his efforts to develop the Vivaldi tablet, the manufacturers would much rather prefer someone else take the risk of doing anything new. Not only that, but they would prefer to deal with someone with an existing sales record who is likely to bring repeat business. Besides, the average newcomer is looking at a product run of a few thousand units. A chip manufacturer would much rather deal with Apple or Samsung, whose order is more likely in the hundreds of thousands.
Off hand, it sounds a bit like the same problem independent authors have with big publishing houses: no one wants to buy or publish anything other than a guaranteed best-seller by a proven author, making it hard for the independent guys to get noticed. The article has some interesting insights into what Aaron Seigo and the Vivaldi (Linux-based open tablet) experienced before they abandoned hope for the project.

Re: Watching the sausage getting made, doesn't really help (Score: 1)

by hairyfeet@pipedot.org on 2014-12-09 03:42 (#2VRB)

Uhhhh...you DO know that the reason they are having to go slower than they like is because of INTEL, yes? That HDCP is Intel's property and if they release anything that could put Intel's DRM at risk they'll get sued, you DO know this right? Intel doesn't have the same restriction because they built their CPUs around HDCP DRM and thus have a section of the chip dedicated to HDCP, AMD doesn't waste space on DRM and instead uses the GP-GPU to handle HDCP which is why they have to tread lightly. if you don't like how fast they are doing things? Tell Intel to take the cuffs off with HDCP.
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