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Author: Steve Litt
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Subject: [DNG] Open hardware price: was Rant: was fresh install of chimaera on an Ultrabook - no touchpad
wirelessduck--- via Dng said on Sat, 31 Jul 2021 20:24:04 +1000

>> On 31 Jul 2021, at 04:09, Steve Litt <slitt@???>
>> wrote:
>> wirelessduck@??? said on Fri, 30 Jul 2021 20:02:59 +1000
>>>> On 30 Jul 2021, at 05:15, Steve Litt <slitt@???>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> Riccardo Mottola said on Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:07:11 +0200


>>> The FSF publishes a list of Linux-compatible hardware at
>>> https://ryf.fsf.org
>> Yeahhhhh, that ain't gonna fly with most people's budgets. The Talos
>> II Lite mobo costs $1,788. That's 90% of the whole 6 core, 12 thread,
>> 64GB, 14TB 7200 with 2TB booter nvme computer with power supply and
>> case. The all-free 2TB nvme offering is $1,079, rather than the $420
>> I paid for my 2TB nvme.
>> I've found similar problems with System76 and most of the other Linux
>> pre-loaded computers. Pure openness is a rich man's sport.
>> SteveT
>Unfortunate, but all too true. And unlikely to change any time soon
>while most people are ignorant of the problems with non-free

Exactly. It's a buried shovel.

If a significant number of people demanded open hardware, fsf-certified
hardware would dramatically come down in price as manufacturers jump
through hoops to get that certification. And if the fsf-certified stuff
were more competitive in price, a significant number of people would
demand open hardware.


Steve Litt
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