Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
Interesting idea. Has anyone tried such a thing with Linux? Or even providing really low-cost (free?) computers with an ad-driven OS?
ad-driven OS seems like an interesting proposition... you'd have to target adds very carefully, though (Google OS anyone?). and then there's the problem where advertisers would demand certain click-through rates or they would stop advertising... then the business model flops.
a few years ago there were some companies that paid you to watch ads while you surfed the net... AllAdvantage, CashFiesta, and some others. i think they're all gone now.
then you have more problems... what prevents you from getting a low-cost (ad-sponsored) computer and then reinstalling another add-free OS?
then there's the issue of ad-placement... will they appear all the time? will they appear when you boot, when you open applications, when you print a document? a small bar at the bottom of the screen? would it get in the way when you watch a dvd movie?
it's an interesting idea though. i wouldn't mind it if the cost of the computer is significantly lower. (30% at least.)
as for graphical ads in podcasts, bring it on. i wouldn't mind it. heck, makes looking at the screen more interesting. and remember that you dont HAVE to look at the ads, you can just open another app and work on that. this is not possible with audio ads.