"Q: The PogoPlug is easy to use for end-users, as well
as advanced enough to where software developers can modify the code
it runs, why did you go with an open platform versus a closed
"Brad Dietrich: Traditional consumer electronics companies lock
down their products such that the enthusiasts and developers cannot
change the firmware that allows them to run. The decisions to do
this are driven for many reasons ranging from concerns about
support costs to mandates from the content publishers. Ultimately
we wanted to break the mold of consumer electronics in more ways
than one. We wanted to create a product that was easy to use for
technology neophytes yet provides enough value for technology
enthusiasts. Opening the platform allowed us to give truly advanced
users a reason to be excited by the Pogoplug above and beyond the
core features we provide without sacrificing the ease of use
necessary for the main stream customers.
"Q: What are some of the open source projects that the PogoPlug
has contributed to?
"Brad Dietrich: All of the open source that we use in the
Pogoplug is published on our site at
http://pogoplug.com/opensource/. We have made improvements and
customizations to many of these projects to allow them to work
better for our products needs. All of these improvements and
customizations are published and contributed back to anyone who
finds value in them."
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