The things you have to remember is that the majority of people use a
device as it was manufactured. They don't hack it, or upgrade it, they
buy a new one that is an upgrade. They are consumers. And the consumer
economy is the most profitable for the worlds companies. They want you
to replace all of your electronics on a two year cycle (or shorter or
why would Apple make a new phone every year).
Microsoft or Sony or Nintendo do not want you to hack their box (not your box)
and make any use of it other than to buy their games or software. It is
the same with Cell phones. Most of our cell phones are at least as
powerful if not much more powerful than the RasPi will be. But you will
not in most cases be able to hack enough into the system to make them
function as well as the RasPi will with a wider variety of software.
Even the RasPi has some of these problems.
I personally hope that the RasPi and many other devices in its class flood the world
and open the eyes of its people to the direction that big business is
pushing "CONSUMER" electronics. I foresee a whole economy based on
special purpose gadgets, the businesses hoping you will carry two or
three or more on you (or in you) at all times. Example The wireless
personal hotspot, Your Cell phone, A kindle and so on. How many of these
gadgets do you need to fulfill your life tomorrow? I want a device I
can configure to what I want not several devices, or more, that have
been configured to give me what they think I need!
Long live the General Purpose Computer, Death to all Computing Appliances! Wait I do want to keep my iPhone though.
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