they'd be better off if...
Personally I think that they'd be better off if they made an i-opener with a harddrive and sold it for $150 or something. They could install Linux on it and lead the market in cheap Linux boxes. I have seen their device, and someone got it before they made their fuss and it has a very small screen, but it takes up little desk space. It would make for a nice second computer for me, and many might like it as a first computer. They should rethink their position, but that is just my opinion of which I am entitled!
The author did not ask for suppport on every platform but rather asked for specs onthe hardware. The Linux community is one of give me the information and well write it ourself. We don't need support form the hardware vendor, we just need to be able to write our own drivers. If the hardware vendors release there specs to the public then they do not have to write drivers for any platform, rather the platform maker can write the drivers, which shoudl be better. After all who knows the platform better then the platform programmers?
Why should I or the author buy hardware that does not work under the operating system I choose to run? Why should I be forced to run the operating system that YOU think I should run?
I run Linux. Not because of all the hype about it, not because it is not windows, because it does what I need at a proce I can afford. I do not buy off the shelf computers, I build them. Building your own computer means installing your own operating system as none come with it. Linux is cheaper than any other OS except FreeBSD. I have found that Linux is also a bit more user friendly than FreeBSD, but that is just my opinion, I am sure that someone familiar with FreeBSD has a different opinion. Hey, recently I got into a discussion about Solaris vs Lijux with someone adn they think that Solaris is better. Well for its proce it better be. Just like NT should be better than LInux. That said, I choose my OS of choice, I live in America, and this I believe should be one of my freedoms! With that in mind, I believe that hardware vendors need to realize that there are more operating system out there than just Windows, adn that if they want to sell to the users of these other platforms then they really ned to do something. The best solution yet is to open source or an open hardware standard. If you have a better idea we'd love to hear it.