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Media production to comunicate the project / Re: Social media hashtag
« on: July 08, 2017, 02:46:19 AM »
better to use #powernotebook

Which hastag should we use ‪on social media? The name is limited to 20 characters. I had to use #‎pprogresscommunity‬ as I just wrote to DuckDuckGo who did an open source campaign in 2016. I told them, the PPC laptop is a nice project for 2017.

As already published on the Donation Campaign page

Power Progress Community is a nonprofit organization established in Italy.
The Italian law allow to collect liberal and not refundable donations meant to pursue the missions and projects of the association and not give back products so Donations are liberal and not refundable.

Restrictions for a nonprofit associations in Italy

An organization like ours has to take into account the following constraints:

    A nonprofit association cannot make commercial products;
    The association can receive donations, but cannot refund them;
    The association must be coherent with its mission, and is allowed to ask for donations for their achieving the goals.

So, what we can do to start our project is based on the points below:

    The association can have particular goal to reach and ask donation to achieve it, but it cannot give back the money (no refunds).
    Donation must be altruist so, no one will receive something back for their donation.
    Italian law allows an association to finance an R&D for a project or activity.

What will happen in the worst case scenario
In the worst case scenario we will propose and vote with all donors on how to use the collected funds, with the only constraint that the new goal must be coherent with the association mission.
As the mission of the association is decided by its members, a potential donor might want to join Power Progress Community by paying the yearly membership fee.

I read several comments about the campaign and here are some suggestions to make it more attractive (this one and/or the next ones).

A donation campaign like on Kickstarter and others offer a counterpart i.e. you give money and at the end you get something in return.

Right now the PPC campaign may be received more like "you give and get nothing in return" i.e. nothing you can use as a simple user. Schematics and gerber files cannot be used by users! Thus I believe it is important to do a campaign with prizes in order to better motivate people to donate.

For a campaign with prizes we have several solutions:
- use small pledges with some goodies (customized laptop bags, mousepads, ...)
- we can do what has never been done before: someone can pledge multiple times. Every pledge will be added to a personal account. When the laptop will be ready for sale (so its price will be known) the user will get the laptop if he pledged more than its price, or will be asked to complete the pledge with the difference.
- we can have a full-cost pledge, when the price will be known i.e. if it costs 1500 euros, the pledge will be of 1500 euros.

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 ...

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?

news from the team / Update regarding the crowdfunding
« 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

So you want that we need to add to the poll the name : "Power McPowerface" ?

I'm quite fond of the seminal "Power McPowerface". Any takers?

In fact even if "PowerLibre" it's nice, but we need to be careful because until we will be designed the full schematics and layout we don't know exactly if we will need some chips that need some particular nda...

As many votes are very old, I have activated the possibility to update the old vote for who like it.

Need to be careful with "Libre" untilnwe know for certain we actually can deliver full schematics and layout.

*Linux sortof leaves out bsd and other OS possibilities.

From this list, PowerTop is my favorite.

PowerNote, or Note Of Power?

We still have time to vote...

OpenPPCbooK added to the poll
We need to spread this poll to have more votes, time is not finished  ;)

So do you want we add to the poll OpenPPCbooK ?

I think something like OpenPPCbooK would be ok. It does not embed any well known existing trademark. "Open" reflects the choices of the project to consider NDA-free and accessible hardware and software where practical but including components with more restrictions to achieve reasonable performance and features where necessary. So not truly "free hardware".

The mobo will be designed with particular care to run  linux :D
Which name (one?) really do you want to add to the poll?  ;)

Well, as you may know, we do not have enough options for names.
Here are a few more better and more goodly names.
Power Bisquit
Gnew Sandwich Laptop
Cheese and Fries in Disguise
What have these nerds come up with now?
Oh, yeah? But does it run linux?

added on the poll
I have a suggestion for a name. My suggestion is PowerPhoenix.

We have time at least until 10th May  :)

news from the team / Are you a Yocto project expert?
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:30:34 AM »
We are searching  volunteers expert on Yocto project Linux-based systems for embedded product.

Our PowerPC devkit NXP T2080RDB run Yocto project Linux-based systems for embedded product, at these stage we need to upgrade Yocto thanks to the NXP SDK 2.0 and upgrade kernel with the framebuffer that support a video card.

Our devkit is  connected via PCI-E a AMD HD 4350...

If you like to apply to

news from the team / The Power Progress Community is here
« on: August 27, 2016, 11:52:58 PM »
We are proud to announce that our association has been constituted. As you might know, it is an Italian organization so the original statutes are written in Italian and we are working to have an English translation. The contents of that document were discussed at the beginning of July, the conversations were very productive and after some modifications we had the statutes ready for the creation of the association. Moreover,  in that meeting we approved its name and now we are setting up a new Internet domain according to that. After agreeing all this, the association was finally registered at the end of July.

This fact is very important for us because it allows us to contact other organizations and companies as a real entity and gives us the possibility of signing agreements of any type. Even more, the association is the legal figure we need to start the funding campaign

And now… we need a logo

We are organizing a contest during August to select the Power Progress Community logo. Everybody is invited to send us an image but we are deciding how to receive them and the voting application to use. Stay tuned to this website if you are interested on participating.

More activities of interest

Continuing with this update, we were doing a survey to check how the community wants to support the project. Over 150 people filled our survey and most of them show interest in funding the project somehow. In addition, there is a group of people which will contribute only if the final specs of the notebook match their expectations. Lastly, a very small group showed only curiosity with no intention of collaborating with money.

Some weeks ago we wrote a post explaining our first Hardware Group meeting. The good news here is that this group is being very active these days and we arranged a new meeting last week focusing on what components could be more open and accomplish our requirements. In relation to this, we are maintaining conversations with two companies that could provide us the enclosures. This is a key point because determines how the motherboard is designed.

That’s almost all, we are moving forward and the crowdfunding campaign is near.

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