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Hardware => Suggestions => Topic started by: feeef on April 08, 2015, 02:10:43 PM

Title: DIY PPC Notebook
Post by: feeef 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.
Title: Re: DIY PPC Notebook
Post by: feeef on April 09, 2015, 10:37:56 AM
Actually, when I talk about open hardware design, I am only talking about form factor. Just the same as what the ATX specifications would define.
I am not talking about motherboard components.
Title: Re: DIY PPC Notebook
Post by: kimmok on May 06, 2015, 12:40:22 PM
Just some ideas for case:

I think one option could be to use some smaller scale vertical market company to do the case design (modify slightly their existing design to house a PowerPC board).

I find it pretty usable to use a tablet with bluetooth/wireless/wired keyboard/touchpad/mouse (a old prototype tablet without a working touch).

And the tablet cover can be such that holds the tablet+keyboard like a notebook/laptop would have it.

(& I have contact to both tablet and cover R&D firm, if needed, at some later phase.)
Title: Re: DIY PPC Notebook
Post by: feeef on May 07, 2015, 09:37:34 AM
That is interesting but I think that the motherboard, with its current specs, won't fit in a small tablet case.
Roberto should confirm that.