In your big-box stores, most computer systems are running between $600 and $700 at a minimum, and some run well into the four-figure range. All of
them include an extra couple of hundred bucks' worth of unnecessary proprietary software. Considering these realities, one begins to wonder what it
would take to roll one's own hardware, just as one would compile a kernel. Recently, Don Marti asked me that very question, and at his request, I'm
sharing my response with you.
February 25, 2003