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HP Mini Mi
That hardly seems right. I bet they'll eventually release a version to sate the needs of users who demand a CLI (+ root, goddamned G1). Of course the linux hobbyists will beat them to it.
Ars reviews it favorably.
They say the command line is "disabled" rather than "not included." Is the distinction just in my head, or in reality too? Whenever I see "disabled" I think "enemy," whereas "not included" might just mean "cheap."
I would assume "they" do that to keep people like me from getting too curious and bricking up their devices. OTOH even w/o root the CLI on my phone is handy - I couldn't imagine a notebook sans terminal.
Please note: the Linux command line interface is disabled on this edition.
on this edition is also an interesting qualifier. Disabled now, and enabled on a future [more expensive] release? And I'm not sure about this Mi software - is it closed source? I was linking around a bit more and came to find a post saying that HP will "offer a Windows XP version for consumers looking for more application control". That's sure sounds backward.
A great little device which I highly recommend, but locked up tight.
This guy documents his heroic efforts to reverse-engineer it.
I surprised that the DMCA takedown notice has not arrived yet.
Netflix and (soon to be) Amazon only player? I ditched my satellite/dvr a while back and we've been all about streaming video. We picked up some cheap chinese usb to hdmi jobber so we can put it up on our 60'. Cheap is the main operative. Roku sounds considerably better/easier but I won't be able to get my hulu, adult swim, nbc.com, etc. right?
It's just a Netflix player. And, yeah, Amazon rentals one day apparently. And maybe other stuff. Who knows?
But I bought it as a $99 one-trick pony and it performs that one trick perfectly. Anything extra it might do one day is just gravy.
I would assume "they" do that to keep people like me from getting too curious and bricking up their devices.
I don't assume that, but sure, it's plausible. I can't get a feel for that HP box you're talking about. It might be innocent and it might not.
I used the word "enemy" because of the things that happened which ultimately brought about the GPL3. The GPL was intended to protect the interests of the users, and until about 1999 it was doing a great job. If a computer ran GPLed software like Linux, you could be damn sure that the computer wasn't (at least deliberately; obviously mistakes can happen) working against the interests of that computer's owner. If that was your computer, then that was something to be happy about. You didn't have to worry that its multimedia playback software, for example, containing code with the explicit purpose of making sure things don't work (DRM). You didn't have to worry about it refusing to run a VoIP app (iPhone). Any deliberate misfeatures in GPLed software could always be removed, so people with interests that conflicted with the users, didn't bother adding such junk in the first place. The software was always the users' friend, never the enemy.
Things are no longer that clear. Tivo came along. Neat product, like jerry's netflix player and Madmammajamma's G1. They figured out a way to keep people from being able to maintain the software (so that Tivo could add mis-features without people having the power to fix them), while still technically not being in violation of Linux's license (GPL2). We're now seeing a wide range of products like that.
It's not that these devices are bad. These devices can still provide value that people think is worthwhile. But so can a Microsoft X-Box. Linux is still a good technical foundation upon which to build things, but the main reason Linux got where it is, is that its developers thought their work would never (could never) be used against them. They were wrong. That's sad. And that's why I'm immediately skeptical of Linux-based products offered by the entertainment or communications industries. The word "Linux" no longer means uncrippled and uncompromised. Where's the charm?
When the PlayStation 2 came out, one of the cool add-ons you could get was a Linux kit (hard drive, keyboard, Linux for PS/2). Then they sorta figured out that people mainly bought PS/2 consoles in order to play PS/2 games and that was the end of that.