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Notebook chassis / Lenovo W530 Chassis
« Last post by Kaz on February 28, 2017, 04:32:04 AM »
Reason I'm this specific is that it is what I own - its well designed, with a 1080p screen and the keyboard and case would be good for any laptop-sized motherboard. Failing this, a T530 or T430 would also be great.
Others OS / Re: MorphOS
« Last post by Kaz on February 28, 2017, 04:29:50 AM »
MorphOS's problem is it's a primitive OS with only 32-bit addressing, no memory protection and a subpar networking stack - not to mention the lack of security. That being said, it performs well on its hardware and it isn't a terrible OS at all.
General Discussion / Motherboard kit for existing laptop
« Last post by bryceadamprescott on February 26, 2017, 11:22:02 PM »
It might make sense that before implementing an entire laptop from scratch, a kit could be created to replace the normal motherboard with this "upgraded" motherboard.

Basically, choose a laptop that can be easily found, like a ThinkPad or Inspiron, etc.; it can be a generation or two old to save cost.
Create the motherboard to use the existing laptop and use the existing battery and display.
Sell the motherboard as kit and also convert a few laptops for a turnkey solution.

Not ideal but this simplifies the process greatly.
General Discussion / Re: RISC-V
« Last post by bryceadamprescott on February 26, 2017, 11:00:45 PM »
I hate to say it, but as great as the PowerPC arch is, it requires royalty payments, etc.; at least according to this:
The only truly open architectures are: RISC-V, OpenSparc, and OpenRisc. Perhaps this is one of those situations where a certain version of the instruction set is open and later versions are not (ex: ARM).
RISC-V adheres to the open source philosophy very well and there are good FPGA implementations for testing. The main page of this project explains that PowerPC was chosen because it is newer
and cleaner; well, RISC-V is one of the newest architectures.

From what I understand, the PowerPC chip that this project is targeting is:
1) Has uncertainty as to whether the manufacturer will continue or not.
2) Varies from the PowerPC CPU targeted in the official Debian PowerPC port.

Debian is currently working on a RISC-V port that would be maintained by them.

Strangely, I don't see any comparison between OpenSparc and PPC on the main page. I would think that OpenSparc would have similar advantages to the x86 as does the PPC. Unfortunately, SPARC is no longer maintained by Debian.
Suggestions / OSHW Wi-Fi card
« Last post by bryceadamprescott on February 26, 2017, 02:57:16 AM »
As you probably know, the Wi-Fi landscape isn't very good for open source hardware. Most Wi-Fi cards that have open source drivers still have binary only firmware (ex: all Intel Wi-Fi cards).
There are cards like Atheros 9k that are more open, but nothing modern. This notebook needs a AC 2x2 5Ghz Wi-Fi card to match the rest of its awesomeness.

An ideal (and highly optimistic) solution would be to create an OSHW Mini-PCI Wi-Fi card as a prerequisite to this project. Imagine having a Wi-Fi with not only open source drivers
but also firmware and hardware designs. This is something that could spark more interest in the laptop project. Plus, I imagine some hardware vendors adopting the design; I mean,
why not avoid R&D if you can. Something like Kickstarter could fund the R&D and production costs as long as the appeal goes beyond this project. This would, of course, mean
that drivers would not only need to be created for Linux but also Windows (and maybe more...). This could be a great accomplishment in the world of OSHW.

I understand that this is monumental and probably a pipe dream. Please, any electrical engineers, etc. who have input post it here.
Suggestions / Re: Trackpoint?
« Last post by bryceadamprescott on February 26, 2017, 02:16:46 AM »
Here is another laptop project, with different goals, that has a trackpoint-ish thing:
I could swear that back in the 90s, IBM's competitors had something like a trackpoint before touchpads became the norm. I don't think having a red dot that moves a mouse would cause any legal trouble; the issue is probably the name and the exact specs itself.

I see the difficult part being sourcing the keyboards with this built in. The Novena got around it by using a wireless ThinkPad keyboard but something else would be more ideal. Maybe  choosing a spare ThinkPad keyboard part that is highly available would work. The problem with doing anything like that is that the laptop would need a redesign if the parts ever become sparse. Producing a custom keyboard with a red dot would probably be expensive.
PowerPC disassembler, maybe someone is interested in:
Others OS / Re: MorphOS
« Last post by In_Correct on February 11, 2017, 11:52:26 AM »
Also, it will be nice to have a (PPC) Notebook with MorphOS containing a two button internal mouse (track pad) because MorphOS is extremely dependent on using mice, especially two button mice. Fortrunately MorphOS is not RISC OS which requires clicking the scroll wheel (three button mice) . Perhaps a laptop with more than two buttons next to the track pad would be recommended.
General Discussion / Re: News from IBM and POWER8 / POWER9 plans
« Last post by Carlos on February 10, 2017, 12:36:18 AM »
News about POWER9 (ISSCC 2017)
Details about POWER9 (Google Translator)

Sorry, I don't find any english source.
Others OS / Re: MorphOS
« Last post by In_Correct on February 09, 2017, 11:28:54 AM »
Hello again everybody! I am delighted to hear that PowerPC NoteBook Project is going to make the hardware!  8) With aCube? I think that aCube is a company MorphOS is affiliated with.

I am dreading when MorphOS starts x64 processor (and even worse dreading if it is made by Intel) I prefer ARM Processor (Pi Devices) or MIPS processor to keep MorphOS unique and these are favourable processors. Also 68K. (MiniMig)

Also, if MorphOS is going to port to any other computer, especially x64, it must have two things:

1. It really needs to be a computer (such as laptop) sold with MorphOS included with it. Every time I purchase a computer, it already has OS included with it. Later, I "burn" Recovery Media for every computer, and make a backup copy of the Recovery Media. I also have to "Burn" a Installation Media each time MorphOS release new update and also make backup Installation Media, but this media can be installed onto any MorphOS Compatible because MorphOS includes drivers. This means Recovery Media is not necessary with MorphOS. (Some of my computers are so old they have Windows XP, which includes limited drivers, making Recovery Media important. Newer Windows has larger availability of drivers) Because of Windows capability of stripping Bloatware from it, ("adjusting for best performance" and also High Contrast Mode, etc.) I can use Windows without headaches. I have enjoyed installing MorphOS on G4 because I do not like Mac OS X or "OSX" or "MacOS" and have no issue installing MorphOS onto it.

But if MorphOS really switches to X64, which is dominated by Windows, I want a "Blank" computer designed for MorphOS, perhaps included with MorphOS. Windows is included with X64. When you buy a X64, you are also buying a Windows at the same time. so if MorphOS uses X64, I want to buy a X64 and MorphOS at the same time.

2. Please include a full sized keyboard that I enjoy. These HP that I have (also with large screens) added the numeric keypad to the keyboard. Even though I connect external keyboard and external mice I still want it.

And to conclude the topic about ISA and the future of Devices, I regret to say that most devices are mobile device. They are basically video game consoles masquerading as telephones. These usually are ARM devices. Also, they have Pi Devices. Apple Pi, Banana Pi, BlackBerry Pi, BlueBerry Pi, Cherry Pi, Coconut Pi, Key Lime Pi, Lemon Pi, Peach Pi, Pecan Pi, Pumpkin Pi, RaspBerry Pi, Strawberry Rhubarb Pi. The possibilities are endless but BlueBerry Pi sounds excellent for MorphOS.

Now about the topic of MorphOS on PowerPC Laptop. Any new computer (desktops) are designed for AmigaOS. Just as when you buy a X64, you are also buying a Windows. When you are buying a PowerPC, you are buying a AmigaOS.

With PowerPC Laptop Project gives the opportunity for Morph and The Project to work together to produce a high quality wide screen full sized keyboard and MorphOS at the same time.

I would like to see MorphOS support this new PowerPC Laptop. If they are supporting almost anything Apple G4 and G5 (computers meant for OS X) and almost anything SAM or A-EON or aCube or AmigaKit (computers meant for AmigaOS) then there should also be a PowerPC Laptop meant for MorphOS.

MorphOS usually is ported to PowerPC computers. They might as well continue to port to PowerPC compuers and also They might as well add Q Box to Power PC version of MorphOS.
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