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Re: gEDA-user: Free Dog meetings at MIT starting this September!
> Like I said, the overwhelming majority of the customers who are
> interested in the Kestrel NEVER built an electronic circuit before.
> Never! They don't even have breadboards.
It's only good. Breadboards suck. Airwire into a tin can is better IMHO ;-)
> > you're really talking to people who have never picked up a soldering
> > iron before, then I fear for our profession. Most of these people
> > will give up in frustration with fried components and lifted pads.
> David, with a comment like that, I must question where you've been all
> these years. The homebrew kit industry all but died along with the
> introduction of SMT -- it's not a coincidence as to why.
> > You know, the philosophy of using the right tool for the job is not
> > obsolete.
> You seem to have this idea in my head that I'm ass-backwards. Please
> stop. I've explained no less than three times now that these decisions
> are based purely on a BUSINESS-level decision-making process. Maybe not
> as bluntly as that, but I was hoping that you might put 2 and 2 together
> by now. I apologize if I seem frustrated, but I am. I hate repeating
> If I don't design my kits around the needs of my customers, nobody will
> buy them. Ergo, I'm essentially out of business. It doesn't take a
You don't need the customers to buy the kits. It just suffices if they send you
the money ;-)
> rocket scientist to figure this out.
> > Don't fear SMT. SMT is good. :-)
> Again, I don't fear SMT. Those $22 superscalar MIPS processors are
> awfully appealing to me, and as long as I build for myself exclusively,
> the idea of using $100 FPGA chips isn't that bad to me (seeing as how
> it'll probably replace at least that much cost in combined board space
> and discrete components anyhow).
Is it possible to compile Linux on such a bugger?