> So when you "buy" an Ipad, you really aren't buying it; you are renting it by paying a lump sum up front. In some cases your lease can be terminated at any moment without reimbursement of that lump sum. Sounds like a great deal huh? :)
Ok, so you tell that to your neighbor. He says: "my oh my, say Martin, I was planning to buy a tablet. You convinced me not to get the iPad. Which one should I buy? Which one won't leave me alone in the rain?
And then? What would you answer?
- I mean that Motorola Xoom was only a 'Google device' in the USA (UK also?). IIRC Everywhere else it had a locked bootloader.
- You are going to tell him to visit XDA, hack the bootloader of some Samsung tablet and install some guerrilla Android distribution?
Or just tell him not to buy any tablet, since (AFAIK) there really isn't one that fulfills FOSS liberties?
> I think the fact that most people don't really care if it is a good deal is very similar to the fact the most people don't care if they have massive consumer debt and are paying 20%APR on their credit cards...
Look I support FOSS as much as everyone else here.
Seriously, who do you think is making the most accurate risk assessment? You or the folks buying closed software?
How frequently does the nightmare stories that FOSS proponents like to bring forward actually happen w.r.t. proprietary software?
What is the actual likelihood that Amazon will delete books from my Kindles (I own 2)? I mean divide some estimate of all digital books Amazon has sold ('licensed' if you wish) by the number of Orwell novels that were deleted, and multiply that by some "guess-timate" of the likelihood that they will do this again.