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    Phoronix: New Details On System76's Open-Source Hardware Plans Come To Light

    Longtime Ubuntu/Linux PC vendor System76 has been teasing their efforts around an "open-source computer" and other open-source hardware efforts now that they are in the home stretch of setting up their own US-based manufacturing facility. Some new details on their initial aspirations are now out there...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...Daughter-Board

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    Carl commented that they have SATA working at "full performance"
    When using 1 port at once, or non-solid drives, right?

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    • #3
      This is a toes in the water deal. Probably can't afford to take on a whole board fab, so they are going to break it off in parts and work their way into it as cash flow allows.

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      • #4
        I tried to like the S76 systems, but they're very overpriced, there's no other way to put it.

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        • #5
          Are there really no open sata chips? How is this better than just having a pci-e add-in sata board?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by anarki2 View Post
            I tried to like the S76 systems, but they're very overpriced, there's no other way to put it.
            If you want a open system like this you have to pay. Can't have it both ways.

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            • #7
              I think it's reasonable. Divide-and-conquer approaches will be more predictable than everything-from-the-ground-up.

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              • #8
                Maybe the bandwidth of SATA is reached, but how is the latency? I suppose it should be low but I'm still curious. It's especially important with SSDs when you need good latency.

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                • #9
                  Isn't something that I haven think of..building blocks with time..
                  But I crossed my fingers, to be something different..

                  It broke, the kid inside me, because I was dreaming of power9, or an Ampere eMAG 16 cores
                  Also I followed the videos they release and they talked about power cells in the second video..

                  I think that I amplified to much the bar,
                  When you dream high, the fall is bigger...always listen that..

                  For what I could understand, they are designing, a fan/thermal system control,
                  the Sata goes directly to the Motherboard, they are not deal with in the daughter board..

                  But for this, I would use a smt8 microcontroller at 3cents a piece..
                  Not a atmel 32 bits that costs almost an eye..

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                  • #10
                    Some of the freedom enthusiasts have been stuck on 30-year-old computers for quite some time, so having something fresh would be nice. Watching Stallman interviews is PITA because of them being 144p 5 fps cutting out every 3 seconds. He deserves something better, without having to compromise.

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