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Costs: Wintel vs. Open Source

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

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"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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