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Media production to comunicate the project / Re: Let's vote for the name
« Last post by deuteros on July 20, 2017, 11:17:34 PM »
I would like to add PowerNotebook :)

...but I don't know if we are in time for this option and we are using this as a hashtag in Twitter, maybe is not fair play
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Media production to comunicate the project / Re: Social media hashtag
« Last post by robyinno 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.
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General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« Last post by Carlos on July 05, 2017, 01:48:05 PM »
It's not about IBM, but PowerPC related:

Harnessing the Power of AltiVec in Modern COTS Applications
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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.
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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.
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Media production to comunicate the project / Social media hashtag
« Last post by frank.woo on July 02, 2017, 09:57:24 AM »
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.
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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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