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there was/is an open graphics project that actually produced a working FPGA graphics card
and there is a project (lowrisc) to produce RISC-V silicon
and there is a project (openlunchbox[.com]) to produce open hardware modular high-quality AMD laptops
AMD/ARM whatever since it is modular
Lucretia
openlunchbox won't get off the ground with that awful design.
specing
wordpress ;p
Lucretia
if you pulled that out of a bag and started using it, people would "wtf is that?" not "what's that?"
there was a guy on the amiga forums years back, nate downes, a self taught hw guy, wanted to build an opensparc cpu that would go into an amd mb, apparently would've worked
he was also interested in modular cpu mb's
would've been cool
specing
building your own silicon is >$10000 for a newish process node
assuming it works on the first try
Lucretia
yup
specing
i doubt we'll see serious open silicon CPUs until 3D printing at <100nm becomes a reality
Lucretia
he was going with fpga to start
hmm
specing
the initial investment is just too damn high right now
Lucretia
yup
specing
however, we could see open hardware mainboards (they are not that expensive to make and assemble)
and we could see open hardware laptops, as 3D printing them / milling does work
Lucretia
it's rudimentary at best, you don't get the quality of injection moulds
and tbh, an aluminium chassis would be better
specing
no, the quality of industrial 3D printing is better than injection moulds
Lucretia
and they really need to be moulded too
thought you meant home printing
specing
those RPI laptop cases you see are made using <$1000 printers, this would use ~$30000 printers
injection moulds are very expensive (reason why the Novena box is so expensive)
iirc Novena's mould was ~$100000 to make
the guy that runs openlunchbox told me that he is ~60 years old and has been making motherboards and stuff for over 30 years
he just needs 1. people to tell him what they want 2. people that would handle the software side
Lucretia
and it's an ugly as fu*k case
he could get a deal on chassis from those chinese oem people, can't remember the name right now.
and build a board that fits in those
specing
why? He has those industrial 3D printers
Lucretia
oh
specing
atleast that is the impression he gave me
http://www.onelabs.com/
his company
Lucretia
if he has that, he needs to work with a good designer to build a cad model of the case
specing
(it is the same server as openlunchbox.com)
Lucretia: exactly, hence 1. people to tell him what they want
since the project started, I was the only one that actually put up a mockup of what I want
Lucretia
can you just upload then?
why doesn't he advertise this on /. of somewhere?
specing
http://openlunchbox.com/smf/index.php?topic=16.0
here it is
Lucretia: he did slashdot it, but it was downvoted into oblivion
Lucretia
jesus
specing
yes
he is a hardware guy, not a marketing specialist
I'm going to make a 17/18" mobile desktop mockup when I get some time as my needs have changed in the past 6 months
I am now buying used Thinkpad T400 that are great mobile laptops
antranigv
Yay! T series ^_^
specing
FSF RYF certified when flashed with libreboot, too
I need something ridiculously powerful (desktop cpu in a laptop) and still relatively mobile
since my fully mobile needs have been covered by T400 (11h battery runtime for coding)
I'd also like to see hotswap 3.5" and 2.5" HDD bays
and external PCI-express expansion cabling
and >4 USB ports
and > 100Wh batteries with hotswapping
and an actual serial port connector
and >=two RJ-45 gigabit+
and an onboard FPGA, possibly on miniPCI-express
and software control over LEDs (dimmable and re-configuable function)
and software controllable RGB thinklight
Lucretia
(Action) doesn't understand why you'd even need 2 ethernet ports
specing
so it would adjust with redshift
Lucretia: sometimes you want to PXE-boot something without losing internet
Lucretia
(Action) would never stick a 3.5" drive in a laptop, too big, too heavy
specing
and I want to see power over ethernet capability
so I can justify not using wireless
Lucretia: not a laptop, mobile desktop
Lucretia
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specing
and why not? you could have a 3.5" HDD bay that accepts aither a 3.5" HDD or 100Wh in batteries
when doing backups, you simply slide out the battery and slide in the HDD
*offline backups
Lucretia
because I like functionality and having 2 2.5" bays with a separate battery pack and also a optical drive
an
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this laptop could have regular SATA port on the case, too
data and power ones
Lucretia
when I get around to learning blender, I'll do a design
specing
also a 3.5" HDD would give you the option of having >8TB storage in a "laptop"
Lucretia
so would plugging one in via usb
specing
Lucretia: you can do a quick mockup in gschem, download mine and change it
Lucretia: but that is hardly portable
like I said, you could have batteries in that bay, noone would force HDDs upon you
Lucretia
you can get 3.5" drives in external enclosures and stick it in yer bag. that's as portable.
specing
Lucretia: but you can't have / on it
Lucretia
I wouldn't want that
specing
and you would need a seperate power supply for it
Lucretia: This project is about offering something that no other manufacturer offers
Lucretia
ok. I want a mobile workstation based on AMD - no fu*ker offers that
and yes I do want high end gfx
and a high res 15" screen
try getting that config, I spent about a month looking
bar buying my own enclosure/mb and trying to find my own amd card
and they don't sell that stuff to people.
specing
yeah. And throw in "good build quality"
not one single manufacturer offers that
also learn FreeCAD instead of blender
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