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The Need for Open Hardware

Ben Edwards Re:Open hardware? (382 comments)

How is hardware not currently open?

The biggest threat is that it will be embedded within the next generation of Intel CPUs. Up until then you could build a PC using standard parts and avoid Palladium. But once it's within the CPU, you'd have to find a CPU that didn't have it...and both Intel and AMD are in bed with Microsoft.

Maybe IBM, or one of the Asian manufacturers would be interested in producing a non-Palladium CPU...if the market resists Palladium enough, there will be a demand for non-Palladium CPUs...and the PCs that are built around them.

about 12 years ago


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