Would you buy a Integrated Open Source Computer/Hardware?

EDIT: I’m satisfied with the research results. Thanks to everybody that voted and commented. Thank you very much for taking the time to help with my research.


Hi, this is a Market Research I’m doing, I’m a Business Student. And FLOSS user for many years, so, I’m following the path of Open Source Business Model, and would like to know what the users and possible clients think about a Open Sourcce Hardware Computer. Thank you very much in advance for your collaboration.

What such thing is good for? Why should I bother?

Imagine a computer that is created specifically to the Operating System, and vice-versa. It would work as one, no imcompatibility issues, performance maxed out. And no, Apple doesn’t do that, they assemble their machines from diferent companies products and technologies, like Intel for the processor, NVIDIA or ATI for videocard, or Foxconn to create the physical case and integration of the components, they don’t have their own Hardware factory and Hardware R&D facility, these jobs are made by third-party companies, which is cool, it’s not a judgment, just a statement. Apple minimize the hardware imcompatibility issues to a minimum, optimizing their Operating System to work flawless with the integrated Hardware build they did, and on top of that, create a great design for the final product. If it is a good idea, and works nicely, imagine machines that is designed, created (manufactored) and assembled specificaly for the one Operating System and that one Operating System is created and assembled specifically for the machine in question, the end result would be fantastic. (Linux kernel would be the best base technology for the OS here, because of it’s high end technology and flexibility, and of course, because of the easy of customizing, and, it been Libre and Open Source).

Been Open Source, means the fail/bug rate would be minimized, since community would spot it, report it, and a design fix would come out very fast, just like it happens with Libre and Open Source Software.

Fast evolution, as in the Libre and Open Source Software principle, with the tight collaboration betwenn companies and the communities involved, changes and improvments suggestions happens all the time, and the best are implemented, everything in a dynamic way.

By been Open Source, means it respects your freedom, and can be adaptable to you or your company, you cam customize it to your needs very easily, since Open Source exist throuth tight collaboration and produces a lot of knowhow and documentation for the methods of dealing with it.

Imagine some series of videocards for these machines, now imagine that one of these series is dedicated exclusively to Blender, imagine how good the performance of such integration would be.

A dedicated PPU.

With so many Open Source aspects, aside from the R&D involved (which sure would be expensive), the final product could be acessible to the majority of people. A fair price for high end technology.

Think about it, then please, vote.

And please, feel free to share your thoughts about it if you want.

You need another option: No, I just like to keep my options open.

That would be the exact reason I would not get something like that.

You see, I can run linux on a computer that was originally designed for windows, but I wouldn’t be able to run windows on this theoretical computer.

I do not like getting integrated hardware. As a computer owner I want to know exactly what parts I have and the ability to replace those parts.

Open source parts does sound very nice though.

Not all Open Source projects are as successful as Blender and Ubuntu though.

Many die or have a very slow development cycle, the latter sometimes making you wait a long time to see critical bugs fixed (like crashers and memory leaks), that’s even been seen in certain parts of Blender itself (see the BGE before the 2.46 release)

You’d need to have a system of leadership, you need someone for your project like Ton is to the Blender project.

@spacetug

Yeah, because in that case, it would be especially made for a Linux based OS. As you have PC Hardware which is designed for Windows, and Apple Hardware which is designed for Mac OS.
I understand your point, but you can’t install Mac OS on a PC Hardware either. And you would not be able (more like allowed) to install Mac OS on the theoretical computer in question either, then, the machine couldn’t be as open as you suggested.

@NinthJake
I see, like a Modular Hardware Design? All parts been Plug’n’Play? Looks like a nice idea too, it occurred to me before.

@AD
I agree.
I think leadership plays a important role in those FLOSS projects. Vision is kept focused and project planing handled with skill.

if the rest of the deal was good enough yes. but i try to stay away from inegrated as much as possible. you cabt upgrade intregated without replacing the mother board…at which point you might as well just go for a new build and sell the old pc to someone less damanding on the hardware.

That’s why I included the “Yes, but only if it have modular internal parts in a Plug’n’Play fashion.” option, so it would be easy to replace any part, or upgrade. But it would have to be created from the same company or a partner company so the hardware design guidelines could match the intergration in question.

What’s the point of the question?
Is this just as ‘what if ?’,
Is there such a thing already?
Are you looking to make such a thing ?
Are you looking to sell such a thing ?
Is it pointless me voting anyway ?

I will edit the first post:

Edit: Hi, this is a Market Research I’m doing, I’m a Business Student. And FLOSS user for many years, so, I’m following the path of Open Source Business Model, and would like to know what the users and possible clients think about a Open Sourcce Hardware Computer. Thank you very much in advance for your collaboration.

I would say this is more wishful thinking in the spirit that OS changes everything on a large scale.
Reality is it does not.

I don’t even think a OSS box would be cheaper. Plus todays PCs are so easy plug’n play.

Plus pre configured OS boxes are already on the market.

open source business model… that’s new to me… it was originally an political/ethical manifesto, then a pragmatic way to develop collaborative software projects…

no, I’m not interested.

None of these poll choices apply to me.

“The computer you are looking for already exists: it is the Apple Macintosh.”

No, strictly speaking, it doesn’t: every shred of the code that runs the system is not, in fact, “open.” However, in my view, that little quibble is of decidedly secondary importance to what is important:

“A piece of computer hardware that is exactly and specifically matched by a piece of computer software … by a piece of computer software that is fully aware of every detail of the hardware system(s) upon which it must run.”

Even open-source Linux systems do not have this critical advantage. “Distros” are forced to carry complicated “hardware discovery” mechanisms to allow them to figure out what the target machine looks like. Windows has a similar problem, even though Microsoft has had enough marketing clout to shove part of that responsibility upon hardware vendors. (Since their biggest ally, Dell, is quietly in the process of going bankrupt even as we speak, MS has considerable troubles looming . . .)

I want to buy “a computer,” and plug the thing in and use it. I don’t want to even notice that the displays of every single computer (and phone, and “pad”) in the store look exactly the same. No, no, no, I just want to take that for granted. (I need to take that for granted.) I want to buy a three-year no-questions-asked good-anywhere bumper to bumper warranty.

I’ve got a Mac. I’ve got a Windows machine. I’ve got a Linux machine. Zero question in my mind which company’s doing it right. And I don’t think that I become a member of “the Apple fanboy club” when I say that.

I’m satisfied with the research results. Thanks to everybody that voted and commented. Thank you very much for taking the time to help with my research.