[linux-elitists] XBox: MSFT Linux subsidy?

t . manaspa@pacbell.net
Tue Nov 20 16:15:37 PST 2001

You know I was wondering what the legalities would be if someone
made an iopener like company that used the xbox instead of their
own. Wasn't that why the iopener died? They were losing money on the
hw and not making it back up on the service.


On 2001.11.20 14:41 Karsten M. Self wrote:
> So...
> MSFT is out $150 on every XBox sold.  What's that amount to in game
> sales?
> So...if you buy an XBox, and don't buy any games, you've just been given
> a subsidy by the Beast.
> Word is the boxes are pretty competent hardware in and of themselves.
> The USB pinouts are changed, and the Nvidia video card is obscure and
> usupported, but for filling a rack (or closet) with some raw compute
> power, afforded a remote display, you've got yourself a pretty capable
> little box:  733 MHz PIII, 64 MB RAM, DVD drive, 100 Mbps ethernet, 8
> GB HD (that's more capability than any of the machines currently
> littering my apartment).  For $300.  Other options include NAS (on a
> price basis the XBox is competitive with commercial offerings),
> webserver, or other appliance applications.  Too bad it's not
> dual-NICed, might make a nice headless firewall.
> OSOpinion (that paragon of online editorializing) is already suggesting
> the XBox is the ideal server farm, er, fertilizer.  From April, 2001:
>     http://www.osopinion.com/perl/story/8895.html
> Slashdot hashed this over, not sure there was any clear concensus at the
> time, though a few issues were raised such as a non-flashable BIOS and
> use of nonstandard fasteners to discourage modifications to the box.
> Anyone got the inside scoop on what's being done to utilize this
> hardware to its full potential?
> Properly modified, the XBox could be a real iOpener....
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