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MNT Reform open source, modular laptop crowdfunding campaign launches in February

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    weystrom
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    I'm sorry, but that's one ugly laptop. ARM-based too. While I appreciate the openness, why does it have to come with such a huge cost to usability?

    I'm sorry, but that's one ugly laptop. ARM-based too.

    While I appreciate the openness, why does it have to come with such a huge cost to usability?

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    1. moocow1452
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      Because that's what they could get their hands on that could be considered open hardware. x86 developers aren't exactly giving away their blueprints, and RISCV isn't quite there yet, so it's ARM.

      While I appreciate the openness, why does it have to come with such a huge cost to usability?

      Because that's what they could get their hands on that could be considered open hardware. x86 developers aren't exactly giving away their blueprints, and RISCV isn't quite there yet, so it's ARM.

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    2. patience_limited
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      It shouldn't take proprietary design to optimize system weight. That thing looks like it weighs at least 3 kg (no weight given in specs), which is no-go for comfortable daily portability; it's...

      It shouldn't take proprietary design to optimize system weight. That thing looks like it weighs at least 3 kg (no weight given in specs), which is no-go for comfortable daily portability; it's effectively unusable as a laptop. The screen is only 12.5", which is another major drawback for something that clunky.

      3 votes
    3. bilbodwyer
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      I forgive you. It is pretty ugly. I can almost deal with the thickness, but that trackpad/ball is just hideous!

      I'm sorry, but that's one ugly laptop. ARM-based too.

      I forgive you. It is pretty ugly. I can almost deal with the thickness, but that trackpad/ball is just hideous!

      2 votes
    4. Grendel
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      Yeah the ARM aspect is the most disappointing feature to me. I actually don't mind the way it looks. I'd gladly own something so thick to have a mech keyboard and trackball in a laptop.

      Yeah the ARM aspect is the most disappointing feature to me. I actually don't mind the way it looks. I'd gladly own something so thick to have a mech keyboard and trackball in a laptop.

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      zptc
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      How does ARM impact usability of *nix? (aside from what I assume is slow speed relative to x86)

      How does ARM impact usability of *nix? (aside from what I assume is slow speed relative to x86)

      1. spctrvl
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        While Linux on arm is certainly usable, there's still a lot of x86 only software out there that you'll be cutting yourself off from, virtually every non-FOSS game out there for instance.

        While Linux on arm is certainly usable, there's still a lot of x86 only software out there that you'll be cutting yourself off from, virtually every non-FOSS game out there for instance.

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