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Open-Source Laptop Control Answered

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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Lithium Rain

9 years ago

Done. I totally agree with you on the mode question. What a no-brainer!

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Yerboogieman

9 years ago

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!

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puffyfluff

9 years ago

That is my whole problem with other operating systems entirely!

I just took the survey.

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puffyfluffewilhelm

Reply 9 years ago

You're quite welcome. It's for a good cause.

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bumpus

9 years ago

Will there be an WePC hosted prize for a contest anytime soon? :D

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ewilhelmbumpus

Reply 9 years ago

We don't have one scheduled yet.

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Kitemanbumpus

Reply 9 years ago

There's a Robot-branded Eeepc knocking about somewhere....

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bumpusKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

I wonder if it will be available as a prize...

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whatsisface

9 years ago

Survey taken. I think the Asus campaign has been pretty good, I think it's good that companies are going direct to the users for input into their next product, especially with a large consumer sample such as the visitors to a website. Whether any of the ideas on the WePC website will be used remains to be seen.

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ewilhelmwhatsisface

Reply 9 years ago

Thanks! When we were setting up the campaign, I asked them specifically when user input would be incorporated. The earliest you might see features from the WePC site in a laptop is the end of 2009. I think that's pretty good!