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Read about our current activities in the article below. Our developers are testing current Linux distributions, setting up the best emulation environment for a Qoriq T2080 machine using Qemu and even experimenting with Yocto Project in order to evaluate a custom made distribution.

Read more here:https://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2018/03/electrical-schematics-and-donations-progress-winter-activities/

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news from the team / PowerPC Notebook Block Diagram done!
« on: November 04, 2017, 10:36:15 PM »
Three months have passed since the kick-off of our campaign, and it is now time to share a status update.

We reached the amount of €7100 thanks to more than one hundred donors that contributed, in some cases with more than one donation. We are thinking about how to boost the donations to achieve the €12600 final goal. We have seen that a good number of donors are new followers of the project, so it seems that our communication activities successfully attracted new people. We now want to go even further, so we kindly ask everyone to share more and more our project, for example supporting its advertisement in online tech magazines and forums, websites and other media. To promote these activities, the project was presented last week end at two Linux Day events in Italy, one in Milan by Roberto I. and one in Bolzano/Bozen by Diego M. The very same week-end ACube advertised the project at the very successful Amiga32 event in Neuss (Germany) and many people have shown their interest. On November 11th, Philippe F. will give a presentation at the Alchimie 12 event in Tain l’Hermitage (France).

Do you want the electrical schematics to be ready by Christmas?
The solution is only one: prepare yourself for an active contribution, either by donating, and by involving more people!
PowerPC Notebook block diagram

PowerPC Notebook block diagram

Regarding the work in progress, ACube is working on the electrical schematics design and sent an early block diagram that was extensively discussed with our hardware core team of volunteers. After this discussion, in particular regarding an NDA component, we have arrived to a final version agreed by both sides: almost all components are identified. We are including PowerPC Notebook block diagram a block diagram of our PowerPC Notebook motherboard (without integrated circuit names). We will disclose all integrated circuit names when we will reach the required amount of donations to complete the electrical schematic, as agreed with ACube. Then, we will publish design files when a design phase is completely finished and tending to be error-free and fault-free. Before that, anyone wanting to actively collaborate in the design review can join and participate in our project and association.

In a nutshell, we are working hard to promote the campaign, and ACube is on track to accomplish phase one of the project. We see the light at the end of the tunnel! Keep it up!

Lastly we want to remember the importance of small recurrent donations. The possibility of having many people helping with a small amount of money monthly is very interesting for us as this will guarantee the constant work of the hardware designer.

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The fundraising of the PowerPc Notebook has reached a 20% of its goal in six days. This is a good starting point but we need you to spread our project to achieve our target.

Remember this campaign is trying to lead to a fully open source hardware. Releasing a complete laptop product as Open Source is an important step that people will forward across the globe. So this project is important to spread the open source philosophy. Do not miss this opportunity. Donate now!. https://www.powerpc-notebook.org/campaigns/electrical-schematics-notebook-powerpc-motherboard-donation-campaign/

In another vein, we are tracking the campaign and following what people says in social networks. Some of you have expressed some concerns because there is no refund if the campaign fails. As we have explained in the FAQ of the campaign page, if we cannot reach the sum of 12600€ we will use the money to fund a similar project in the scope of the association (Power Progress Community) mission. As is stated in the statutes (ART 3):

“The Association promotes and disseminates software (especially open source software), and open hardware (with focus on, but not limited to, PowerPC and OpenPower architectures) with the aim of sharing knowledge and expertise.”

There are also discussions about the final specs of the machine. We cannot give all the details because is the objective of this stage to determine what components to include. So what we can do right now is to clarify that we want to have an MXM connector for the graphic card but we cannot guarantee that it will be finally included.

We are in the good way! Just remember that everything will start after we reach the 12600€ goal and we are very close to that. Do not hesitate to contact us to ask or comment whatever.

https://www.powerpc-notebook.org/campaigns/electrical-schematics-notebook-powerpc-motherboard-donation-campaign/

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news from the team / Debian 9 and PowerPC
« on: November 17, 2016, 10:45:34 PM »
Some of us are willing to help the Debian PPC development. Read our latest post and contact us if you are interested in support this action.

http://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2016/11/debian-9-and-powerpc/

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news from the team / About Open Source Hardware
« on: October 16, 2016, 12:12:23 AM »
In our last article we talk about Open Source Hardware and how we plan to make our project following this principle

Read it here:

http://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2016/10/about-open-source-hardware/

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news from the team / Let's vote for the best logo!
« on: September 20, 2016, 08:42:39 AM »
The voting period for selecting the association logo is now opened. You can find the gallery with the candidates here:

http://www.powerprogress.org/en/logo-contest/

The rules are the following:

- You can vote all the images you like using the rating element of the images (up to 5 stars)
- Only one vote for image is allowed.
- The voting will be closed on September the 23th at 23:59.
- After that the logo with the major number of stars will be selected as the winner.

Take a look to the uploaded images and vote!

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news from the team / Logo contest end date extended
« on: September 12, 2016, 12:00:40 AM »
We are very happy to announce that we have received 11 images for our logo contest. Because of this good response, we have decided to extend the contest end date for a week.

We will accepting new ideas until September, 18th. The following Monday the voting process will start.

Logo Contest:
http://www.powerprogress.org/en/logo-contest/

Association mission statute page:
http://www.powerprogress.org/en/statute/

Thank you to all participants! :)

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news from the team / Hardware meeting report
« on: July 16, 2016, 12:09:29 AM »
On June 13th, we had our first hardware meeting about the components selection with the hardware producer. There are still a lot of pending points but the discussion was quite positive as a first approach.

There were some agreements in terms of what technologies to use, to discard or even the ones that needed to be followed and investigated further.

We were discussing about the use of a southbrige chip, like the AMD one or some other different chips to manage USB3, USB2, SATA2/3, or even U.2

To make it clear, we are are trying to select chips that permit us to design an Open Hardware motherboard (chips having an NDA that limit less this idea). Moreover, we want components that are well supported by GNU/Linux and other OSs.

After the conversation, we agreed the next tasks to achieve which are the following:
  • Review Power TDP for parts
  • Review cost for parts
  • Select additional parts
  • Check southbridge technologies and select one from the two proposed
  • Check sata3 chips
  • Obtain a complete list of components

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news from the team / Software, funding and hardware updates
« on: April 11, 2016, 11:18:34 PM »
Following our will of transparency reporting our activities, we do a fast review of the last month and what is coming next.

The first thing we want to say is  that we recently requested your help through the forum to choose the core set of applications available on our Linux distribution. We proposed an initial list grouped by the type of application and now we have some new suggestions that we are considering. As you can imagine, in our listing appeared well known software like LibreOffice, Iceweasel (Firefox), Gimp, Transmission, Calibre … We invite you to visit the forum and give your suggestion in the dedicated thread.

Regarding the initial funding, we have recalculated the amount to raise, placing it on 55000 €. The increase is due to the expenses that we expect to certify the product. The objective is still to collect this sum before this September 2016. So, the crowdfunding will cover the design( that we will publish with an Open Hardware license ) , the production of five prototypes and the certification process.

As we have said some time ago, to get the crowdfunding phase launched we need to establish ourselves as an organization. The chosen form is a non-profit organization created in Italy. We are currently in the process of establishing the organization and we hope to close this issue later this month. Once established, we will notify and invite anyone who wishes to become a member. This will also help the project, as it will provide funds for small expenses like hosting our website, presentation materials such as flyers, etc. More details will follow soon.

Alongside this month we will continue with the discussion on the hardware components to use. We have a list of possible components but we need to pick the right one in each case. Moreover, this kind of decisions depend on the format of the chassis. It is quite possible that this last requirement will be clarified very soon but we can not guarantee anything yet. Once again we invite you to participate in the hardware forum to provide us your opinion.

Finally, as someone asked in our forum, we want to inform you about our presence in social networks. You can find us on the following sites:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/powerpcnotebook
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/powerpcnotebook
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7300932
    G +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/103352717884355831498

And that’s all for now. Remember that any opinion or idea from you will help our community. Subscribe to our newsletter, if you have not already done so, and visit the software thread: http://forum.powerpc-notebook.org/index.php?topic=93.0

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We are selecting the components for the design

As we said in the previous article we are working on the creation of the crowdfunding campaign. Things are not so easy because we have to organize ourselves and this action requires to set many things but, we are on it and we feel that it could be started soon. To better understand everything, the crowdfunding campaign will provide the required resources to design the motherboard and to produce five prototypes that will be tested and used by our developers to write drivers and adapt the OS.
selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook

In the meantime we have continued the conversations with the hardware producer and we are in the process of selecting the components to be used in the motherboard. After that, this company is going to start with the motherboard design. This means that we have created a work-group that includes our hardware specialists and our partner company.

We expect to have more detailed news in a few weeks.

We need you!

We are looking for people to participate mainly but not only in these areas:

  • Crowd-funding: someone with experience on this kind of campaigns.
  • Open hardware: a person to provide knowledge in this kind of projects.
  • Notebook case and chassis: we need to contact a notebook case supplier.
  • Spread the idea: we want to have more collaborators and news letter subscribers.
  • [Software work-group: PowerPC GNU/Linux applications optimization (test GNU/Linux application packages, give feedback or fix the errors), distro porting (U-boot, etc), push sources to mainstream branches and package maintenance.

We define ourselves as a Solidarity/Ethical/Passion driven community. We promote a Positive and Humane relationship between collaborators, and advocate giving people a choice to run GNU/Linux on different hardware platforms.

Join us and strengthen the PowerPC Notebook Team. Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.powerpc-notebook.org/subscribe-powerpc-notebook-newsletter/.

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