"What real convenience does it offer them?":
If it's successful, the ultimate result may be (of course don't expect it before a few years):
- As powerful as Vista+DirectX10+GeForce8800 but costing much less (- hard disk cost, - vista cost)
- Monkey-proof (let's say kids-proof and elders-proof). Whatever app is used, data is safe on another PC.
"Well, they can't exactly save things either":
I've made some testing, I could load, edit, save, jpeg pictures on a PC0 configuration. Pictures were stored in user FTP area (on another local PC in house, or directly in FTP area on ISP server of current connection account, with each member of family having only access to a subdirectory in the global shared ISP account FTP area. Either thru DHCP connection or full working direct PPPoE session. Can also work with a POP free account). So, saving data is possible. Only difference is that they see a progression bar, just like when you save your game on a memory card in a ps2 game (because it can't be instant since data is transfered over ethernet). It can be 100% reliable (all you have to do it save to a temporary file, then read it back to compare with data, and if it's ok, throw out instant 'rename' commands to swap files -works well with FTP-).
"Those could easily be avoided by a variety of means":
These means are not 100% efficient, require money, online updates, firewalls, antiviruses, etc...
No local hard disk is 100% efficient without the need of all these. Also, allows safe monotask code usage.
"$450 is still kinda up there":
I'm pretty sure it's more $350 than $450 because of low VAT in your country.
It's still a bit high because of the need for PCI express 16x for those who expect HUGE graphic horse power soon. Cost will go down in next years. And until then, you can get a PC0 for $0 by just using a recycled computer and accept 2D non accelerated graphics for now.
"Because right now.. weighting the options.. it just seems kinds.. bleh":
Sure, right now, without nv40 driver fully mastered (but Nouveau project team made huge progress), it's nothing compared to Vista. But to avoid a complete lock of PC platform by Vista, it's necessary to start some alternate research project (unfortunately, without the help of ATI and NVidia, who are parts of the monopoly creation attempt with the DirectX10 plan).
Give me a few months and nice stuff should appear.
This post has been edited by openxdkman: Mar 31 2007, 07:51 AM