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Suggestions / M2 or Sata?
« Last post by frank.woo on October 22, 2017, 12:16:21 PM »
Should the laptop support M2 storage devices or SATA ones?

What is the opinion of everyone here?
General Discussion / Re: Talos™ Secure Workstation PowerPC Workstation Motherbord
« Last post by Carlos on August 23, 2017, 02:21:18 PM »
Yes, but don't forget the 3U HSF Assembly for POWER9 CPUs for 110$ :)
Anyway, 420$ for the latest and greatest CPU money can buy :o
General Discussion / Re: Talos™ Secure Workstation PowerPC Workstation Motherbord
« Last post by Casper on August 10, 2017, 02:01:06 PM »
Very good pricing, IMO. At the moment, the site seems to be down?

Especially the CPU, it's only 310$. The site is just quite slow. If you'll load enough, you'll get through.
General Discussion / Re: Talos™ Secure Workstation PowerPC Workstation Motherbord
« Last post by Carlos on August 09, 2017, 02:34:28 PM »
Talos™ II Pre-Orders Now Open!

Very good pricing, IMO. At the moment, the site seems to be down?
Gnu/Linux Distros / MATE PowerPC Remix
« Last post by Casper on July 27, 2017, 08:14:26 PM »
It seems A-EON Technology made their own Linux distro with MATE since Ubuntu officially dropped PowerPC in Ubuntu 17.04. Maybe this is something that could be of use to us as well?
Media production to comunicate the project / Re: Let's vote for the name
« Last post by deuteros on July 20, 2017, 11:17:34 PM »
I would like to add PowerNotebook :)

...but I don't know if we are in time for this option and we are using this as a hashtag in Twitter, maybe is not fair play
Media production to comunicate the project / Re: Social media hashtag
« Last post by robyinno on July 08, 2017, 02:46:19 AM »
better to use #powernotebook

Which hastag should we use ‪on social media? The name is limited to 20 characters. I had to use #‎pprogresscommunity‬ as I just wrote to DuckDuckGo who did an open source campaign in 2016. I told them, the PPC laptop is a nice project for 2017.
General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« Last post by Carlos on July 05, 2017, 01:48:05 PM »
It's not about IBM, but PowerPC related:

Harnessing the Power of AltiVec in Modern COTS Applications
As already published on the Donation Campaign page

Power Progress Community is a nonprofit organization established in Italy.
The Italian law allow to collect liberal and not refundable donations meant to pursue the missions and projects of the association and not give back products so Donations are liberal and not refundable.

Restrictions for a nonprofit associations in Italy

An organization like ours has to take into account the following constraints:

    A nonprofit association cannot make commercial products;
    The association can receive donations, but cannot refund them;
    The association must be coherent with its mission, and is allowed to ask for donations for their achieving the goals.

So, what we can do to start our project is based on the points below:

    The association can have particular goal to reach and ask donation to achieve it, but it cannot give back the money (no refunds).
    Donation must be altruist so, no one will receive something back for their donation.
    Italian law allows an association to finance an R&D for a project or activity.

What will happen in the worst case scenario
In the worst case scenario we will propose and vote with all donors on how to use the collected funds, with the only constraint that the new goal must be coherent with the association mission.
As the mission of the association is decided by its members, a potential donor might want to join Power Progress Community by paying the yearly membership fee.

I read several comments about the campaign and here are some suggestions to make it more attractive (this one and/or the next ones).

A donation campaign like on Kickstarter and others offer a counterpart i.e. you give money and at the end you get something in return.

Right now the PPC campaign may be received more like "you give and get nothing in return" i.e. nothing you can use as a simple user. Schematics and gerber files cannot be used by users! Thus I believe it is important to do a campaign with prizes in order to better motivate people to donate.

For a campaign with prizes we have several solutions:
- use small pledges with some goodies (customized laptop bags, mousepads, ...)
- we can do what has never been done before: someone can pledge multiple times. Every pledge will be added to a personal account. When the laptop will be ready for sale (so its price will be known) the user will get the laptop if he pledged more than its price, or will be asked to complete the pledge with the difference.
- we can have a full-cost pledge, when the price will be known i.e. if it costs 1500 euros, the pledge will be of 1500 euros.
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