> >> 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

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.

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