Meeks: Linux on the (consumer) Desktop
Posted Sep 12, 2012 18:00 UTC (Wed) by khim
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Just have the comms part also be a separate hardware module, like a mobile broadband usb device, except with slick way to connect to the nex phone body and still feel like a fondleable phone.
What's the point of this exercise? To create more power-hungry, larger and heavier device just to satisfy two extra geeks? Not gonna happen.
Wrong monolithic concept: The basis is a ("smart") phone, but it's the radiating comms part that is regulated, not the general purpose ("smart") computing part with its non-radiating peripherals.
Wrong. The basis novadays is a single SOC. I seriously doubt anyone will want to go back to discrete components with separate radio and computational parts (currently this is biggest problem with Intel's offers and of course Intel plans to rectify that). This makes open hardware basically impossible. It does not mean software for computational part can not be open and free, but that's different matter.
The process of testing and certifying the regulated part is expensive, so you can't afford to change design on the model of Linux kernel software. But it could be done, and with a comms module with a long term stable open hardware interface, the rest of the system could develop freely on its own.
The question: who'll pay for all that utopia? Qualcomm and nVidia have more then enough buyers with the existing SOC's and it's not clear that any new ones for the described separate set with radio and computation parts will ever materialize.
I'm not talking about one or two guys but about big enough sales to justify R&D efforts. And even if you'll do that you'll still need to pass the certification tests—and these are for devices, not for components.
If you want to ever dream about something like this with "open hardware" you have a long, long, LONG road ahead of you.
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