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DIY, modular MNT Reform Laptop gets spec bump as it inches toward reality

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It’s been a few years since developer Lukas Hartmann and designer Ana Dantes unveiled their plans for a DIY, modular laptop designed to run free and open source software.

Since then, the folks behind the MNT Reform project created a small number of early prototypes, introduced new hardware with beefier specs and some other improvements, and have begun producing prototypes of version 2 of the laptop.

Once everything is up to snuff, the plan is to launch another crowdfunding campaign for folks interested in purchasing their own MNT Reform 2 laptop — but since the design files will be open source, there’s nothing stopping anyone from downloading the necessary files and assembling their own (if they also want to go through the trouble of sourcing all the components including a custom PCB).

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The open-supply Hardware Trends. Arm Takes a distinct path

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    The ASCII text file movement that has driven computer code innovation is currently making a buzz within the microchip realm, due to the growing the quality of ASCII text file micro chip instruction set design RISC-V. though the term, “open source” conveys sentiments like analysis sharing and community building, leading semiconductor science supplier Arm, that supports ninety-five % of smartphone embedded processors, isn't an exponent. Synced recently Sat down with Rhonda Dirvin, who is Arm’s senior director of Embedded, IoT and Automotive selling. Darvin believes today’s open supply hardware landscape isn't as straightforward and simple because it could seem: “We’re commencing to see some individuals say free isn't free. As a result of at the top of the day they need to appear at what it takes to verify that and what it takes to implement the instruction or design. You don’t have the complete scheme out there that supports it the method that you simply do with Armor a number of the opposite felt vendors.” So however will corroboratory open supply hardware disagree from corroboratory open-supply software? Outside director at Mellanox Technologies Thomas J Riordan tells Synced he believes the challenges are rather similar.

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