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Open Hardware and Software Laptop 152

New submitter mihai.todor85 writes "It looks like Andrew 'bunnie' Huang has been quite busy lately, developing a nice open hardware laptop. He was even kind enough to provide all the schematics without NDA. For anybody interested in owning such a device, he says that he 'might be convinced to try a Kickstarter campaign in several months, once the design is stable and tested' if enough people are interested."
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Open Hardware and Software Laptop

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  • by Tumbleweed ( 3706 ) on Monday December 17, 2012 @09:32PM (#42320853)
    RMS is not a destination; he is a journey.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @09:47PM (#42320979)

    As someone who recently did a bunch of HTML5 code for a multi-platform app, your use of "write-once, run-everywhere" amuses me.
    More like "write once, then rewrite once per OS and browser version, avoid any advanced features, and run (almost) everywhere but don't expect it to work or look the same". YMMV.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 17, 2012 @10:48PM (#42321407)

    RTFA. This guy is making the laptop he wants, the way he wants it.

    One of the features: dual ethernet jacks, so he can use the laptop as a packet filter or firewall.

    Another one of the features: an analog meter. He's setting it up for software control so it can display battery life, audio peak loudness, or silly things like time of day represented as the position of a single needle.

    He doesn't claim anyone else wants one. He did say that if, after he does all the work, there is sufficient interest, that he might do a kickstarter.

    I presume this meets with your approval?

  • by Chirs ( 87576 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:07AM (#42322493)

    This motherboard has a built-in FPGA, multiple channels of analog/digital I/O, PWM output, Rasp-Pi compatible header (to allow use of R-Pi accessory boards), builtin speaker amp (for small speakers, but still), 3 UARTs, and a USB-OTG port.

    This is a hardware hacker's *dream* system.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.