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Overall Design / Why Modular?
« on: January 27, 2015, 12:12:29 PM »
Modular was decided to be able to cover as many different options that people ask for. Some want high performance, long battery life, rugged keyboard and a 12" width. Others want the same with a 15" or 17"display, and others only want a multicore ARM SOC and a durable case with rugged keyboard.

Having the mainboard, batteries, display and keyboards as modules allows the end user to  mix and match the features they want now. This also allows them to upgrade or replace these features in the future.

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Firmware BIOS/EFI / coreboot
« on: January 27, 2015, 12:03:01 PM »
coreboot is the firmware of choice.

http://www.coreboot.org/

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CPU Mainboard Modules / Why AMD APU vs Intel?
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:50:32 AM »
AMD has been a supporter of coreboot for the past several years. AMD has also made made BIOS register docs available and many comments are allowed in the coreboot source.

The problem with Intel is that even though Google has provided coreboot source for a few Intel chipsets the source contains no comments for what those magic settings are for and what the other settings in those registers will do. Intel also makes it very difficult for anyone but a chosen few to obtain BIOS register docs.  If this situation were to change then I'd see less problems with designing Intel mainboards for this project.

We could make an exact copy of the Google laptop boards and use the coreboot source but then why not just buy a Chromebook?

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Keyboards / What other keyboards do you want besides the T60 ?
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:41:17 AM »
T60 Keyboards

Chicony FRU 39T7178
ALPS FRU 39T7118
NMB FRU 39T0958

Have any other part numbers or models that you'd like to see made available?

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Displays / Which displays to support?
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:19:25 AM »
The LG 2560×1700 13″ 3:2 WQXGA LCD has been the most asked for display.

http://openlunchbox.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LG-12.9-LP129QE1-SPA1-LVDS-2560-1600-400-NITS.pdf 

What are the other displays that you would like to see supported?

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Batteries / Battery Power vs Weight
« on: January 27, 2015, 11:16:54 AM »
How many batteries should the enclosure hold?

Should we just take up all the unused space with room for battery modules?

How many external batteries should we support?

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