Thanks for the clarification. I’m relatively new to the linux world and I don’t usually spend a lot of time on forums.
Honestly I mostly use Apple products, but I run Ubuntu Studio 14.04 on an old windows box that I inherited (Pentium 4, baby!)… The idea of open hardware would be fascinating to me, but a big problem I’ve had with trying to get into linux and trying other distributions is the fact that a lot of them are not easy to install and don’t have useful documentation that would allow me to troubleshoot things easily. Open hardware could be excellent, but even if it’s competitive with its proprietary equivalent the barrier to ‘normal’ users would leave many users who can’t resolve their own software issues unhappy with a distribution they’re forced into settling with.
Just speaking from my experience with just the software side.