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Costs: Wintel vs. Open Source

Mar 06, 2008, 02:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

"One of the true wonders of our age is the ability lots of otherwise reasonable people have to tell you with every evidence of believing it themselves that PCs cost a few hundred bucks and last for years--and then go off to spend well over a thousand replacing last year's product.

"That's not, mind you, the only reality defying miracle in sight: the realities of both mass production and retail distribution mean that fully assembled products always retail for less than the sum of their parts--except among Wintel enthusiasts..."

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