I've been a Linux user for a few years now, but I'm comfortable with Mac and Windows too.
Philosophically, I like the idea of FOSS. Whether or not you believe in the preachings of RMS, open source allows for the exchange of free ideas via source code. This is better for education and better for groups that want a defined task with none of the extra bloat.
But for an average consumer, what's the draw? It's cool to be able to customize things..but does it really matter? Is there any ethical importance regarding software?
If a company did something malicious, wouldn't people just buy from a competitor, boycott, talk to government, etc? Surely, these malicious things RMS talks about aren't actually that horrible.
Also every clean feeling Linux distro seems to just be approaching the "Apple model" anyway. Think Google with chrome OS or Android, or Ubuntu. Sure, they may be kind of open source, but really they are just approaching integrated hardware and software like apple with pretty closed software. So what's the point?
The big companies are the only ones that can fabricate the hardware, and they seem to play ball mostly with the big software companies. I like the community model, but I'm not so sure anymore that it applies to computers well.
Idk, thoughts?submitted by sexy_beans
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Toradex is prepping two Linux-ready Colibri branded COMs, based on Freescale’s single- and dual-core Cortex-A7 i.MX7 SoCs, for release early next year.
Last week we were intrigued by a vague pre-announcement from Toradex about its plan to develop one of the first computer-on-modules built around the i.MX7 system-on-chip, which Freescale announced in June. The Swiss embedded board maker said it would be among the few hardware partners showcasing the Cortex-A7-based i.MX7 when the SoC launches in early 2016.
Update in case anyone is interested on
I was applying for a job at this company when I learned about this. They claimed the issue was fixed but request for source to specific binaries went unmet despite efforts made to create an appearance of compliance. Hopefully this is useful to someone searching for updates.submitted by lonjerpc
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