> you would have to try to convince OS and driver developers
As far as I understand, the components selection was also driven by their state of Linux driver support. And GNU/Linux is the OS this laptop is primarily aimed at.
> The enormous amounts of cash needed to be paid up-front > *months* ahead of production start for components etc. [...] > It would be humongous [...]. [...] building HW is the [...] cheap > and easy part of the equation after all.