ESR: "Free Hardware": A Trojan Horse?
Jun 03, 2004, 22:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond)
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"Recently, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft have been pushing a
vision of the future in which computing hardware is
'free'--actually, sold with software subscriptions. IT customers
tempted to sign on should take a lesson from the recent box-office
bomb Troy and beware of suits bearing gifts. Because it's
very clear that this version of 'free' hardware will actually be
'controlled' hardware--controlled, specifically, to effectively
seize control of the customer's operation..."