Subject: Re: [coallesced replies] Re: how to create 21,780 new free software jobs (2,530 in R&D)
From: "Brian J. Fox" <bfox@ua.com>
Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 17:28:40 -0800


   Date: Sat, 9 Nov 2002 10:45:39 -0800 (PST)
   From: Tom Lord <lord@emf.net>

   Absolutely: control over the harware platform is critical.  Computers
   need to be more like phones: cheap and swappable and relentlessly
   standardized in this area.  Is it a rental model we want?  A shelf of
   endorsed hw at CompUSA?  a page at Dell's web site?

Of course, this model was in fact the rage of 1999.  Network
"appliances" which were cheap or free, but were service-locked to an
ISP, and could have their software updated at any time by that service
provider.

It failed, mostly because people didn't want to be service-locked.

Brian
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  Kragen Sitaker, Mon, 04 Nov 2002 21:32:18 -0800