[E3-hacking] Making life easy for you
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Tue Jun 21 19:42:17 BST 2005
Cliff Lawson wrote:
> But the board we have working (as anyone who's "broken in" to an E3 will
> know) is the 5910. We're not going to make a board specially for this but
> will simply re-use E3 boards but will probably go the trouble of making some
> form of case to house the board and the display.
Just to add my lurking opinion to this debacle. I wouldn't be at all
interested in a Linux box with simple IO. If I was I think I'd have
already bought one of the other Linux mini-PC type devices (gumstix
etc). What I would buy is an unsubsidised E3 with easy access for
developers to upload software onto (USB etc).
There is no other commonly available device on the market today like the
E3 (reasonably powerful, colour screen and phone) and this would be the
ultimate open standards voip / videophone platform once the linux
hackers got their hands on it. I think Amstrad would reap the rewards
allowing open source developers to develop for it, which it could then
apply into it's own product line if it chose to (with suitable revenue
Example of software modifications; porting of emulators (of sufficient
age so copyright isn't a big issue), a basic word processor, a decent
web browser, an instant messaging client to it etc etc.
Sure, I'd love to pay £49 for it and have it do this stuff. But to keep
Amstrad happy (and in business) I'd be more than happy to pay a decent
amount for one instead.
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