Open-Source Laptop Control

Asus, a sponsor of Instructables, has put together WePC where they are asking for input on their next generation laptops. As part of their sponsorship, they've asked my opinion on various aspects of laptops. Most recently Open-source control of your laptop.

The question this week is whether it is better to have simple control mode, advanced mode, or both options. This strikes me as one of those questions where the answer is so obvious that it's actually hard to answer because you're sure the question can't be that simple. Of course you want both! Default to simple, but allow one to switch to advanced to get under the hood to make changes.

However, there is a deeper issue here, which is that laptop manufacturers should give greater control over their hardware to their users. They should open up their interfaces and let users write and install Firefox-plugin-like extensions to the laptop.

My rant continues here.

Finally, I'd like to know what you have thought about this Asus campaign. If you would be kind enough to take this survey, I would really appreciate it. Comments here are also good. Thanks!

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Done. I totally agree with you on the mode question. What a no-brainer!
I just got finished with the survey, it tends to repeat itself throughout the buying stuff, not a big deal though. That sounds kool, i love the idea. My family has been thinking of an Eee PC anyway. Thanks!
ewilhelm (author)  Yerboogieman8 years ago
Thanks!
Thanks!
puffyfluff8 years ago
That is my whole problem with other operating systems entirely!

I just took the survey.
ewilhelm (author)  puffyfluff8 years ago
Thanks!
You're quite welcome. It's for a good cause.
bumpus8 years ago
Will there be an WePC hosted prize for a contest anytime soon? :D
ewilhelm (author)  bumpus8 years ago
We don't have one scheduled yet.
bumpus ewilhelm8 years ago
I'm excited!
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