> >> I would buy an official release on USB or preferably sd card, if it > >> was on offer. Presumably the production costs would be less as well. > > > >Cloning CDs from a master is something that can be farmed out > >relatively easily. Writing an image to USB/SD, not so much, especially > >when you're going to want that to be done securely. > > To be honest, my original thought was of a masked rom packaged in a USB or > SD card device, not somebody manually writing standard flash drives with > an image. However, I totally agree now that I had a momentary lapse into > the surreal, posting without thinking, and irritated Theo. Sorry for the > noise.
I've looked into this a bit before. The setup cost is above $50,000 per release. I wonder why we don't see piles of masked rom USB sticks from other sources But anyways I'll send you a private mail describing the part you can play in this as a 50% stakeholder, and the amount you can expect to lose every release. (I am assuming the OP is the other stakeholder; I am already making insufficient income off my labour every release and am not willing to dig myself a deeper hole, so I cannot participate). > Again, the original idea wasn't mine. I commented on the thread, but in > my mind, I imagined receiving the install source on a medium that had the > same bar to tampering as a CD, such as masked rom. I wasn't thinking of > a standard USB flash device with a glued write-protect switch. My original > post was a mixture of various thoughts that shouldn't really have been posted > without further consideration. So the original idea wasn't yours. And now you think it can't work. And you are still talking about it. I see. Very interesting. This email thing is fascinating.