Where's the Xbox 180?—getting kids involved in free software

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I’m sure I’ll be running across a flood of news today about Microsoft’s new Xbox 360. Of course, like everyone else I know who is into games, I’m curious about this new box (and Sony’s eventual response). I’m also wondering about issues like copy prevention measures and how difficult these systems will be to “mod" to circumvent them.

Even at $400, the next generation of game consoles will represent a good deal of game-centric computing power for a much lesser price than personal computers could match (though I’m sure there are folks here who could easily build a more powerful box using FS for even less—but, sadly, the best games still seem to be available only with non-free licenses). There has been some effort to create a freer, more open box for games—the GP32 springs to mind—but a far larger share of kids are growing up with proprietary boxes and media encrusted with code to force unnecessary scarcity. This is sad for a number of reasons. I think the time has come to start seriously thinking about broadening the scope of FS beyond servers and programmer-centric software and start thinking seriously about appealing to kids.

Bill Gates learned LONG ago that appealing to kids was the way to ensure the longevity of his software empire. So far, the GNU/Linux community has virtually ignored them. FS gaming development does of course exist, but to say it’s on the backburner is an understatement. Where is the Free XBox? Where is the massive support among the FS community for game software and hardware development? I can’t tell you how many hardcore FSOSS advocates I know have actually bought proprietary game consoles for their kids. This is bad news.

I can’t speak for everyone here, but what drew me to computers in the first place were videogames and fun apps—stuff that a smart 9 year old could get into. We need to be getting today’s 9-year olds into FS. Let’s give the kids something besides an Xbox 360 to ignite their synapses.

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is it true that xbox 180 is a fake

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I hope it is true but probably not because microsoft said they weren't going to come out with a portable console (at least not this generation). But they might change their mind as it is not to late in this generation.

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i hope that it comes out if not then at least they still have the 360

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Of course it is fake. Everything that Microsoft does is a sincere waste of time. :p

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its true xbox 180 is coming out this summer i saw a picture of one its a portable 360

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When do the xbox 180 come out

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is it true that it is real,because if it isnt i am going to buy a psp and stay with playstation in stead of xbox

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every body is asking wheres a 180 ha i dont belive you until its in my hands or send me a pix

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it's the portable version fo xbox 360. it's coming out this summer or early fall. go to google images and search xbox 180. it looks so great im gonna buy it when it comes out.

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not gonna happen

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not gonna happen and if it does there just taken sonys ideas

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so microsoft should just stand back and watch psp obliterate ds
it called marketing
PS3 copied 360 just gave it a blue ray disc player
but copied the harddrive and just put a little bigger one

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ya thats for sure

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You're a real genius. Besides the fact that Nintendo has sold about 4x as many DS than Sony has PSP? I don't mind Sony, but please, stick to regular consoles. Nintendo has been doing portables way longer than you.

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is it real, i hope it is i would pay $100 more than a psp for it, but if it isn't i am stciking with all ps systems. besides alot of people enjoy psp ps ps2 ps3vbetter than xbox and xbox 360.

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