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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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Gnu/Linux Distros / Re: OpenSUSE Tumbleweed
« Last post by vox on June 26, 2017, 03:33:43 PM »
Was taking a look at various distros and it looks like OpenSUSE Tubleweed (which is a rolling release) is available for both PPC64 and PPC64le.

Tested on x64 and x1000.

On PA Semi 4GB RadeonHD 6870 it was usable but unstable.

I believe recent updates are LE only, no Altivec (IBM POWER made for), just like with Debian and many other distros.

Once laptop goes live I advise sending boards to Linux teams so maybe PPC64BE+Altivec will be supported again.

On 2xi3 2Ghz 4GB IntelHD 4000 it is stable and usable, it shows PPC distros
need just a bit more stable kernels and tested builds.

+ Constant Update (Rolling Release)
+ Comes with MATE
+ Built on OpenSUSE
- Not the fastest distro

Leap also exists for PPC, but was unable to make it work with kinky x1000 kernel
trickery.
https://www.opensuse.org/#Leap
https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Leap

Leap is also openSUSE based, but stable and very complete.

It is "new OpenSUSE", but PPC64LE only

http://software.opensuse.org/distributions/leap/ports
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news from the team / Re: The PowerPC Notebook Donation Campaign has just started
« Last post by deuteros on June 25, 2017, 08:18:47 PM »
Thank you! Now it is fixed
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There is a problem with links. http: doubled. I inserted a space to make it more visible.



http:// https//fundraising.powerpc-notebook.org/


http:// https//www.powerpc-notebook.org/2017/06/powerpc-notebook-campaign-just-started/
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news from the team / The PowerPC Notebook Donation Campaign has just started
« Last post by robyinno on June 24, 2017, 12:15:32 AM »
We are very happy to announce that our funding campaign has just started.
Starting today, we will accept donations through our campaign page with the objective of collecting funds to establish a contract with Acube Systems to design the PowerPC Notebook motherboard....

Read more ...
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Media production to comunicate the project / Re: Let's vote for the name
« Last post by robyinno on June 14, 2017, 05:05:43 PM »
So you want to add "AccuBook".
Power or PPC are not string required inside the name.  :)

AccuBook as a name came to my mind...

Accurate and Book sized?

Power or PPC in the name isn't all that required is it?
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Media production to comunicate the project / Re: Let's vote for the name
« Last post by Belxjander on June 10, 2017, 12:35:06 AM »
AccuBook as a name came to my mind...

Accurate and Book sized?

Power or PPC in the name isn't all that required is it?
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Suggestions / Re: OSHW Wi-Fi card
« Last post by msuchanek on June 02, 2017, 06:35:37 PM »
Note that manufacturers say they require the closed source firmware to comply with regulations.

That may be an excuse in part and part of the job is also done by the driver but it is something to take into account.

I wonder how much out of spec the cards could go with custom firmware.

How will you get certifications for such opensource hardware?
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Suggestions / Re: about suggestions
« Last post by msuchanek on June 02, 2017, 06:03:58 PM »
If it's really too much trouble, we might indeed better opt for a soldered in GPU. Then of course, we'll have to decide on a GPU. I don't think we'd have the resources to offer multiple configurations.

How about making a mainboard with a MXM slot and a default MXM card?

You can also test other MXM cards available to verify that the slot works as intended.

Then you get working device with a card of your choice and people are free to swap in a different card.

Or you can start shipping a different model with a different card later.
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news from the team / Update regarding the crowdfunding
« Last post by robyinno on June 02, 2017, 02:04:45 PM »
As you know, we last stated that it was our goal to begin the crowdfunding campaign in May... please read the post

http://www.powerpc-notebook.org/2017/05/update-regarding-crowdfunding/
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