matthew at brightspark.eurobell.co.uk
Thu Oct 17 14:25:47 PDT 2002
Actually, I would contest that. The 386 that Linus bought - the one he
started to write Linux on - cost him and arm and a leg. IIRC, it was
somewhere in the region of $3,000, which is about the equivalent of $12,000
PCs are cheap because they are built from commodity hardware, which became
that way because IBM 'opened' the architecture to the industry. Apple never
did that, so they are still expensive. Incidentally, Apple are now starting
to use more and more commodity components and less proprietary ones, so
either they make more money, or the price will come down. Hmm.
"Archaic" <archaic at comcast.net> wrote in message
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> On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 09:00:21AM -0400, Tony Karakashian wrote:
> > x86 is cheap and plentiful. :)
> And remember, if they weren't, Linux wouldn't exist. :)
> "Since there is no such entity as 'the public,' since the public is
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> supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that
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> interests and rights of others."
> - Ayn Rand
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