rogerd - 10:04 pm on Mar 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
Seems crazy to complain that you bought a piece of consumer electronics and found it difficult to change out the preinstalled operating system. I can't easily change out the OS on my Samsung phone, even though I'd love to get a later Android version. Getting rid of the Verizon and Samsung crapware would be great, too.
My Samsung home theater box is similarly resistant to OS changes, even though I'd love to change it to one that handled an Amazon Prime app.
I used to be in the computer biz, and for a while a big part of it was building PCs. We'd buy "barebones" boxes from Asia and build to order. I expected that business to die a lot sooner than it did, as it made no sense that I could pay people to hand-assemble and configure computers and beat companies like Dell on price. Eventually, as IncrediBill notes, they finally became appliances with no need for customization.
I'm sure if the big makers could sell a million or two Linux boxes, they'd happily start cranking them out. A few have tried over the years, but sales were terrible.
Now, the market is shifting toward tablets, which promise even less of an opportunity to customize.