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General Discussion / Re: Financing Ideas (2) Islamic Venture Capitals
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:17:41 PM »
"Pecunia non oleat!" said Romam Emperor Vespasianus...

"Money have no bad smell!"

Remember that Amiga was born being financed by a syndacate group of dentists who invested their money in the development of that was in origin a videogame console before Commodore acquired all shares of Amiga Inc.

We are not talking of religion or arguing about it...

We are discussing about financing this project, and meet the interest of investors.

[To moderators and other people]

About islamic people 99,99% of them are normal people like you and me so no problems with their religion and them as persons, and an open PPC motherboard could also meet their needs for a computing platform.

There are good coders in Indonesia and all they want is a good alternative in Intel to fulfill their dream of alternative computing despite of their religious behaviour.

Also I have no prejudices or racist point of view. And so I hope for you people...

So let's any religious comments outside discussion as moderator requested.

More... Remember that if islam banking rules requires to invest in solid goods manufacturing, this is a point (a very strong point) in our favour.

That's all to discuss about, nothing else!

I said it so in the title, as it seems to me that new owners of Freescale want that the company must focus its efforts only on ARM design and projects, and leave PPC development, just continuing selling existing line of Powerr processors without any further advance of CPU design...

I hope that in six months the project will reach an advanced state of the art, and starting being known all around in computing scene to make a signal to information technology world that there is people who work for inverting actual descending trend of PPC platform.

I just tweeted to Michele Iurillo former journalist (and co-founder?) of Italian Amiga Magazine "Enigma Amiga Run", who nowadays runs a so called "Social Collider" firm in Spain called Synergo! that helps people creating their own firm and realize their enterprise ideas (and  it also seems to me that he collaborates for Wired Italia Magazine too),  about your open source PPC notebook idea and about the fact you need funding for the first five prototypes motherboards.

Again I indicated the link of site, so if your project encounters his interests maybe he could contact you.

Hope this tweet could lead to an interview by Wired Magazine, so the PPC Notebook idea could reach as main people as possible, and maybe even Iurillo could help you in meet venture capital firms thru his business firm.

I have an old friend of mine, former Amiga user, who is deeply involved with the scene of Startups creation in Naples, italy.

NaStartup is a group of young neapolitan enterpreneurs who help other young people creating their own startups and mainly help them how to access funds available from italian state, local region (here is Campania region), and even from European Union.

They help in the creation of No-Profit Startups also, like it could be a group/organization/foundation to create and diffusing an Open Model of manufacturing PPC Motherboards.

One hour ago I just twitted them link to with infos that you guys are seeking for funds.

Here is their site:

General Discussion / Financing Ideas (2) Islamic Venture Capitals
« on: March 17, 2016, 02:42:43 PM »
You may not been aware of that, but Islamic banks of Investments are prohibited by sharia laws to pratice usury. WHat does it means?

Well, to make a simple example, that you all can understand, it pratically means that a muslim cannot invest his/her money in derivative funds that are an abstract form of finance, all related with immaterial interests and deeply involved with any current situations of the Market (that is a form of usury), but he/she is permitted by religious rules to invest his/her money in fines and goods manufacturing, like investing in shares of a car factory that is a firm that produces solid iron goods.

So then Islamic banks of investments and Venture Capitals are always interested in investing in New Technology and in Computer Startups that could generate big renevues and are a form of investment permitted by Islamic rules.

Malaysia is the country mainly deep involved in Islamic Venture Capitals towards western industries.

I read there are 5 major Islamic Banks with subsidiaries in London and are all 5 very deeply involved in Venture Capitals:

Article on Financial Times on how it works Islamic Financing:

Some VC Bank sites:

VC Bank (they are mainly interested in firms who intend to duplicating factories from western countries to Middle East, North Africa)

Up to you to get better informed on Islamic banks and their presence in  Europe!

General Discussion / Financing Ideas (1) Power2People Bounties
« on: March 17, 2016, 01:20:50 PM » is a site that promotes enhancements to powerPC utilization.

It hosts mainly bounties to finance software and hardware projects for the Amiga, MorphOS, AROS communities.
Its last interesting effort was in in hosting Bounty to buy OWB Odyssey Web Browser from french MorphOS developer Fabien Coeurjoly and donate sources to all existing Amiga-Based Operating Systems.
It was collected 2000, 2800 US dollars in a very few months as far as I know, and the results are that Fabien, a.k.a. "Fab" opened all its sources to the communities, and he is continuing developing MorphOS PPC OWB 1.25 free release, but, for the pleasure of AmigaOS 4.X community, another developer, the polish programmer Deadwood had already started, completed and released a AmigaOS 4.X PPC 1.25 free release parallel to the MorphOS one, while some AROS developers have ported OWB to AROS Intel X86 Open Source Operating System.                   .

You can contact Power2People team and ask if they will gladly host the crowdfunding project.

"PoPCorn Openbook" or "PoPCorn Librebook" are sure good names to choice for!

Suggestions / Re: Display?
« on: May 18, 2015, 10:30:22 PM »
What thickness? How much thick do you think these ports are?  ;D

And on the rear side of laptops there is always lots of void surface that can be used for adding connection ports and other useful thingies.  ::)

HAXLR8R Hardware Accelerator is the Venture Capital firm based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, created by young tycoon Cyril Ebersweiler.

It funds new ideas in creating new hardware projects.

To apply for this year project funding, deadline is march 23th 2015.

Suggestions / Re: Display?
« on: May 05, 2015, 06:05:46 PM »
BTW I think that the laptop must features multiple output video ports and mainly:

1 DVI-I port

DVI-I also called DVI "PLUS", due to its form factor, was present in ancient MacMini PPC also. It features both digital and analogic output so it can be easily transformed into VGA, HDMI and also even S-VHS TV signal 640x480, so the laptop can output also to ancient CRT TV sets or professional TV monitors (it is very versatile sporting universal connection feature)

1 HDMI port for anyday output to any LCD/LED monitor

1 Displayport rev.1.2 connection, so laptop could output its display upto to 5 Monitors connected in cascade link

Others OS / Re: MorphOS
« on: April 04, 2015, 11:58:02 AM »
AFAIK MorphOS is still not available for SAM 440/460.

And an old MacMini PPC Silent Upgrade PPC clocked at 1.5 Ghz costs around only 100/150 euro circa and MacMinis have Wifi and Bluetooth. It deserves a try with MorphOS.

(Also MorphOS support bluetooth mouse and keyboards on MacMinis even if this feature is undocumented)

@Amigo65: Best way to dualboot MacOSX and MorphOS is to buy external USB2+Firewire HardDisk Case Enclosure and put MacOS on it.

Macminis and Powerbook laptops can boot from Firewire too.

General Discussion / Status so far
« on: April 02, 2015, 12:07:39 PM »
I think it is the moment to start a thread on about how it is going the project and starting indicating percentiles of job made/todo:

Motherboard = percent/bugs/to do
Chassis = percent/bugs/to do
Portings = percent/bugs/to do
Drivers = percent/bugs/to do

Finances = Amount (needed)/Amount (collected)/ Crowdfunding-bounty

Projects = assigned/not assigned/financed/percent

The first thing IMHO is project/motherboard/design

Abd project must be assigned to someone skilled with elektroCADs, who has already designed motherboards and he/she must use an Open Source Electronic CAD widely available to various people involved in the project.
CAD must also be capable to output also Gerber Files so motherboard could be manufactured sending gerber directly to a prototype maker machine.

Others OS / AROS
« on: April 02, 2015, 11:58:59 AM »
AROS is an Open Source porting/rewriting of AmigaOS 3.1 aimed at various platform. Main target is Intel architecture, nonetheless it exist AROS portings for ARM, Motorola 68000, and a PPC version too, even if it usually catches less interest than the others.

Infact there is no native PPC version of AROS. It should run hosted into PPC Linux Flavours or Mac PPC Darwin.

Pi-ower is great name but anglophone readers will tend to see greek p as a "m" so then pronouncing "?-ower" as "mower"... That's no good.
Or at least seen it as a piece of metal junk as a "mower" could also being of some sort of self-humor... ;)

So then a logo showing ?-ower embedded in a mower inscribed into a circle will be really great! :D


While regarding "PowerLibre" logo, let's check also here in the following site-link for kanji and chinese ideograms connected together.

(You know it... Keeping an eye to chinese-like ideograms logo too, could be useful to pay respect to the major market available nowadays and being apprecciated as response)


P.S. I had rather preferred multiple choice poll.

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