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Suggestions / DIY PPC Notebook
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:10:43 PM »
As finding a case for the laptop seems to be quite difficult, I would like to propose some alternatives (Inspired from the Novena and Raspberry Pi)

The keyword for this laptop is "Freedom" so what about a hardware design that would let you choose what your hardware would be or look like.

The idea would be to have a motherboard with standard design specifications that would be open. (Does it already exist for laptops?)

Then, if we decide to do a crowd funding campaign at some point, we can have a few options :

- The motherboard and components are sold as a kit by themselves. You can download the specifications / 3D models of the case to build one yourself.

- The laptop is sold with a basic case (3D printed or from an existing laptop).

- Just like for the Novena, we find an artist who would do a limited edition of an amazing case.

I think the point of this idea would be to have a standard design that would be open and that any manufacturer or DIYer would have access to to make great things.
We may need to define one if it doesn't exist.

Also, I suggest that our hardware design to be compatible with the FSF criteria for libre hardware

All this is just an idea to be discussed.

Media production to comunicate the project / Let's vote for the name
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:36:38 PM »
Based on the brainstorming about the name of the computer, I picked up the names that seemed to be the most liked and which were not to be mistaken with something else.

 I got rid of "PowerZen" in this list because it is used by pills for sexual performances. However, If you think this is not a problem, I may add it back.

Let's vote! :)

Gnu/Linux Distros / Free Gnu/Linux Distributions
« on: January 28, 2015, 04:23:29 PM »
I think that if we want to promote this computer as "respects your freedom" we should be able to run one of these distributions :
Unfortunately none of them is available on PPC yet.
We may try to contact them.

Media production to comunicate the project / Things to do
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:15:26 AM »
Hey media/design team,

I think that the image this project is going to have is very important for its success. I also think that we have the keys to make a lot of people love this computer because it will have what many others don't : digital transparency and freedom. We can add to that an amazing speed and some nostalgia with the return of the PowerPC.

In that regard, I have made a list of things to do in term of visual/communication work. I may be forgetting things so please, feel free to upgrade the list!

For promoting :

- Find a good name (all together)

- Make a logo

- Create a graphic charter

- Improve / maintain the website based on the graphic charter

- Prepare a campaign for the funding / selling

    - Make a presentation video

- Spread the word!

For the computer :

- Make a desktop picture

- Make a linux theme based on our graphical charter (optional)

Extra : Design a laptop case (if we can find a way to produce it)

The first step would be to plan some kind of project management so we'll need to define who is doing what. Just let us know the task you would like to do in here.

Notebook chassis / paper laptop
« on: January 10, 2015, 05:48:49 PM »

General Discussion / GNU/Linux Intel notebook
« on: January 08, 2015, 09:12:16 PM »
I found this laptop on Crowdsupply :

It is the intel version of what we may achieve.
The case is very smart but it is very mac-like as well. I like it anyway. I still think that the design of the case is always very important. A good looking computer will attract more people. Especially laptops as you may use them in public places.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

I think that the first point to discuss before a good communication is to find a cool name to the computer.

We should brainstorm so I start :

One of the ideas is to have a simple name that is easy to prononce in many countries. (clear latin vowels and no tricky consonants). It could symbolise something powerful, that last long that is fun and gives freedom. I don't know much italian but an italian word would be very cool actually!

Zenzero (I like the word "ginger" in english)
Sogno (could be spelt SONIO or SONYO)
Mela ;)

We could also have the word power in it to give a continuity to the powerbook :

LatinPower ;)

Or to follow with "Book" :

Book (It would be "The Book"!)

Give us your suggestions! ;)

Introduction / Let me introduce myself
« on: December 22, 2014, 07:24:15 PM »

Notebook chassis / What about 3D printed chassis
« on: December 22, 2014, 07:02:18 PM »
Hello all,

What about finding somebody who could 3D print the cases? I have not much knowledge about this technology so I don't know if it is doable but I just came through the idea.

We could have the design we want if we printed it ourselves.

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