[PLUG] 1st Open PC avail end of Feb!

Mike Connors mconnors1 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 10:19:34 PST 2010

Steve D... wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Mike Connors <mconnors1 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> David Kaplan wrote:
>>> Before you buy one, read this:
>>> http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/69182.html
>> Ha, just another marketing dog & pony show! They really aren't
>> doing much for Linux/FOSS community or for the *Open* hw consumer.
>> It almost makes you wonder if it's funded by M$....?
>   I don't know if I'd go that far.  It's easy for Apple, HP, and Dell
> to get volume discounts from their suppliers.  Hell, their suppliers
> trip over each other trying to give volume discounts.  It's harder to
> get a volume discounts when you're only selling tens or hundreds of an
> item.  Open Hardware has to start somewhere.  I'm glad these guys are
> putting themselves out there.  Good on them...
I get the volume discount. But, you could make a strong case for building
equally or better spec'd machine w. COTS hw that has open drivers for 
the same or less $.
>   It comes down to a simple question.  Do you want to buy from Dell,
> HP, Apple, ect. and get 0% Open Source and no chance of Open Source in
> the future, or do you go with Open-PC (or some other vendor) with 80%
> Open Source and a damn good chance of 100% in the future?
> Steve D...
I prefer to build my own desktop computer. I'm not a fan of Dell, 
because I just
see them as company who used commodity hw, created a brand (the Dell dude),
and offered a support contract, etc. Maybe they've changed, BTTBOMK they 
participate in research and development of standards like IBM and HP.
Kudos to Dell for offering Linux pre-installed.

As for laptops, I'm an IBM/Lenovo guy because IMHO the build quality is 

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