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# 2000–5000 #

On the comment from <AmigaOS developer Steven Solie (http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/426217/amigaos_4_developer_interview_why_it_endures_what_future_holds/)> that he estimates the userbase at between 2000 and 5000 users:

|	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?
|
|	After all, the process for acquiring an <AmigaOS (http://amigaos.net/)>-compatible machine is similar to the one
|	for an <Arduino (//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino)>, <Raspberry Pi (//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi)>,
|	or <Pandaboard (//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandaboard)>: 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…
|
| <Neolander—Interview: AmigaOS 4 lead developer Steven Solie (http://www.osnews.com/thread?520423)>

There is nothing ‘open’ about a ton of cheap WinTel boxes on shelves; they’re just available, that’s all. _
One day all that will be gone for good.