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How you can shape tech with your wallet

Posted on 10/05/2021 08:52:04 PM

If you're like me, you are definitely crazy for products like the Framework laptop or the Steam Deck, but may be put off by the price. I was in the same boat - generally I like to get the absolute most out of my money, but then it dawned on me. This thing isn't getting any cheaper until we give them a way. Framework laptops won't suddenly drop by few hundred just from nobody buying it. This is the early adopter price of voting with your wallet.

Ok crazy man, go ahead and waste your money

No need to call me crazy there, I'm the one spending my money on what I believe and want to support. If enough people buy a product, it paves a way for economies of scale kick in and get the same product to you for lower price with more configuration variety. This is why I am going to buy a Steam Deck, this is why my next laptop is a Framework one.

Why should I care?

If you don't support the idea, that's up to you. I also understand not being able to afford it. Eventually cheaper alternatives on same product segment appear; for example, Purism's Librem 5 started off as the overly expensive Linux smartphone, it paved a way for mobile Linux desktop environments. Then came the cheaper and possibly more pocketable for many more people, PinePhone by Pine64. The point I'm making with this is if you believe in the idea of a product that challenges the norm (be it right the repair, Linux phone, whatever) and you have the disposable money to put aside, do it. You are going to spearhead the further development of that and make it much more pocketable in the end for a very grateful wide audience.

Has this been proven even?

Yes. Steam Deck isn't even out, but by sheer amount of reservations, the big dogs started supporting Linux desktop. For example EAC Support on Linux or BattlEye support on Linux. This wouldn't have been possible without the Steam Deck or even much longer uphill battle between community reverse engineer developers and the anticheat folk. Products like Steam Deck forced a hand here. This is how voting with wallet is done.

You can make same argument about the PinePhone and mutual relationship with KDE. KDE has slimmed down a lot ever since the relationship with PinePhone.

blog post when

When I get the hardware. Steam Deck first, Q1 2022 with possible guest blog entry in December. The laptop I have no clue, probably 2023-2024 since I don't need a new one any time soon.

TL;DR - if you believe in idea of a product, it has a valid non-schizo reasoning for it, go for it if you can set the money aside for it. It will make the difference.

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