The ever-creative Wade Olson (of KDE fame) tells an interesting story of immediately losing interest in otherwise-interesting hardware due to “Intellectual Property” protections. He caught himself going from caring to not caring in the time it took to read the phrase “Don’t expect Linux support anytime soon.”. His conclusion is:
Vendors need to beware: Intellectual Property gains, once thought to be a Competitive Advantage, will continually over time become a negative branding attribute.
I’ve noticed this myself. I don’t particularly care what Microsoft does, what NVidia does, or what Adobe does. Their products don’t really matter to me when I can use other products without giving up freedoms I consider essential.
Have you had similar experiences?