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	On the comment from
	<a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/426217/amigaos_4_developer_interview_why_it_endures_what_future_holds/" rel="external">AmigaOS
	developer Steven Solie</a> that he estimates the userbase at between 2000 and 5000 users:
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		Could this be a reliable evaluation of the amount of people across the world who will use open computing
		devices when everything else has acquired locked bootloaders?
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		After all, the process for acquiring an
		<a href="http://amigaos.net/" rel="external">AmigaOS</a>-compatible machine is similar to the one for an
		<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino" rel="external">Arduino</a>,
		<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi" rel="external">Raspberry Pi</a>, or
		<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandaboard" rel="external">Pandaboard</a>: you have to know that it
		exists, fiddle around in obscure websites to find it, pay money to a semi-trusted reseller without having
		seen the hardware yet, then fiddle around with a bare PCB (be careful with electrostatic discharges!) in
		order to install your OS in a hardware-specific way…
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	<cite><a href="http://www.osnews.com/thread?520423" rel="external">Neolander—Interview: AmigaOS 4 lead developer Steven Solie</a></cite>
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	There is nothing ‘open’ about a ton of cheap WinTel boxes on shelves; they’re just available, that’s
	all.<br />
	One day all that will be gone for good.
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