Note to schools that have a BYOD policy (for the record, I'm against them, as they amplify inequity), if my child brings a Linux-powered computer to your school, it will be sufficient. If it isn't, it's your systems that have to change, not our computer. If you don't know what I'm talking about, consider this: https://davelane.nz/explainer-digitech-risks-school-boards (relevant even for those outside NZ).
@lightweight so which is worse, inequity, or sending the kids home with spyware?
@jeremiah which is, of course, why we need to eliminate the tech megacorps from the picture entirely.
@lightweight Amen... except who's making the hardware? You'll have tech megacorps involved one way or the other...
@jeremiah nope - the hw can be made by anyone capable of making hardware. Have an free market of open standards-compliant commodity school computer hardware. I'm all for that.
@lightweight that may happen with RISC-V, but until you have community chip fabs -- you're getting you're hardware from the same places that Apple, Samsung, et al are.
@jeremiah yes, that's true in the short term. I don't think of AMD or Intel or ARM manufacturers as being as bad as the Frightful Five. They're bad, sure, but they're not as actively exploitative. And, yeah, it'll take a while to develop an openish ecosystem to do an end-run around them.
@jeremiah and yeah, I'm hangin' out to get my hands on a high-end RISC-V processor one of these days... but suspect it'll be a bit of a wait.
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