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  • Open Lunchbox: Yet Another Open-Source Laptop Attempt

    Phoronix: Open Lunchbox: Yet Another Open-Source Laptop Attempt

    Open Lunchbox is the latest project attempting to do an open-source laptop design. Open Lunchbox is trying to do their laptop project in a modular, open hardware design...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...nchbox-Project

  • #2
    [quote=Open Lunchbox]

    Peripherals and Ports
    • PCIe Gen 2
    • MiniPCIe
    • USB 2.0
    • USB 3.0
    • 2 SATA 2.x/3.x (up to 6Gb/s)
    • SD Card Reader v3.0 or SDIO controller
    • SPI
    • LPC
    • SMBus
    • Gb Ethernet
    • WiFi
    • Unused GPIO routed to headers
    • Expresscard


    OEMs are all moving to M.2 and they still insist on mPCIe.

    WiFi module listed as seprate? Then it's most likely soldered down.

    Expresscard is obsolete.

    Doesn't look like a project remotely worth being interested in. Even Bunnie Huang's Novena Notebook makes much more sense than this. And I have got a chance to touch and look at Bunnie Huang's own personal Novena, which, quite frankly, does at least appear useful for hardware engineers.

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    • #3
      This looks much better

      https://www.crowdsupply.com/purism/librem-laptop
      • 15.6" display in either 1920x1080 or 3840x2160 with a 60Hz refresh rate
      • 4 Core (8 Threads) 3.4GHz Intel i7-4770HQ
      • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
      • 375 x 244 x 22mm 2.0Kg
      • 14 x 9.6 x 0.86" 4.4lbs
      • 4GB Mem (up to 32GB)
      • 500GB HD (up to 1TB HD or 1TB SSD)
      • CD/DVD ROM Drive (or extra drive bay)
      • 48 Wh lithium polymer battery
      • 65W power adapter
      • Up to 8 hours usage
      • Three USB 3.0 ports
      • One HDMI port
      • One Pop-Down RJ45 Network port (r8169)
      • 802.11n WiFi (ath9k)
      • 720p camera
      • HD Audio
      • Mini-TOSLINK optical fiber connector
      • Full-size keyboard in a variety of languages
      • Aluminum enclosure body
      • SDXC card slot
      • Purism GNU/Linux 64-bit Operating System (Trisquel based)
      • 375mm x 244mm x 22mm (14" x 9.6" x 0.86")
      • 2.0kg (4.4lbs)

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      • #4
        I don't think the Librem is ?open hardware?.

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        • #5
          Not open hardware

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          • #6
            Modular Open Standard

            It's a modular open laptop standard.

            The point is to have modules that you fit together to build your own laptop. It's similar to building a desktop PC. CPU modules, keyboard modules, batteries and display modules. It's not one single laptop design or a single set of features.

            The cpu modules can have a wide variety of cpu's and chipsets. If the cpu modules are standardized then any vendor can make them. Same for the displays and batteries. Batteries will be in a few sizes as well as displays.

            I've been designing mainboards since the first 8086 PC's. The electronics are just academic exercises.

            The real work in the project has gone into the rapid SLA printing and materials to eliminate the high cost of tooling for injection molding.

            The open enclosure design may be modified and customized just about any way you wish. There are just standard locations for interconnects between the batteries, keyboard and display modules.

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            • #7
              Sounds really interesting.
              I hope there won't be proprietary firmware blobs, though.

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              • #8
                Amd agesa

                Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
                Sounds really interesting.
                I hope there won't be proprietary firmware blobs, though.
                For AMD CPU's and chipsets it the cpu modules will use coreboot with AGESA.
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGESA

                AMD has had open AGESA for the past few years but recently has mentioned closing it back up again for their latest chipsets.

                https://www.mail-archive.com/coreboo.../msg43996.html

                We will keep the firmware as open as possible. It's really up to AMD.

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                • #9
                  Open AGESA

                  Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
                  I hope there won't be proprietary firmware blobs, though.
                  All the AMD APU and chipset modules will use coreboot with AGESA.
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGESA

                  Recently AMD has mentioned closing AGESA for the latest chipsets and APU's.
                  https://www.mail-archive.com/coreboo.../msg43996.html

                  We will keep the firmware as open as possible, but it is really up to AMD.

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                  • #10
                    you're right

                    Originally posted by andresdju View Post
                    Not open hardware
                    It is not open hardware. But they are trying to get the entire software stack OSS. Originally it came with Nvidia graphics, but they changed that. On one hand, it cuts out a binary blob, but the extra oomph would have been good for the HDPI screen option.

                    For a developer surrounded by MacBooks (me), it looks like a great option.

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