Asus and Intel are asking users to tell them what they'd want as a "perfect PC" with the promise "you dream it, Asus builds it." It's just crazy enough to work.
The site itself is a bit frantic, but the concept is solid -- go directly to your users and see what they want to buy. Not sure if it rises to the level of a "community" effort, though. Are discussion and voting enough to qualify WePC as a "community" effort?
While some users on WePC might launch an idea that results in their "dream" PC, they really don't seem to be stakeholders in the process the same way that members of a open source community are. But the site might qualify if Asus and Intel stick it out through the entire lifecycle -- giving users the ability to provide feedback all the way through the product lifecycle and interact with the companies, and each other, on an ongoing basis.
Since Intel and Asus are dabbling in Linux-based OSes, though, it'd be nice if they hooked the WePC concept into the OS design and development as well.
What do you think? Community, or focus group 2.0?