Okay, I dragged my ass on deciding this one for almost a year (and so wasn't in the pre-order batch), BUT, the second best day to plant a tree is today, right?
I just bought an @mntmn Reform DIY kit - ships next month!
A year and a half ago or so I emailed Lukas probing about SOMs with more than 4GB RAM, and lo and behold, they're coming, in huge amounts! (https://mastodon.social/@mntmn/106178777675877561)
The dedication to upgradeability and hackability has finally sold me. I can't wait to truly *control* my laptop!
oh i did not realize that Antmicros ARVSOM Risc-V SOM is open source hardware! This means we will be able to derive a RISC-V SOM for MNT Reform from it: https://github.com/antmicro/arvsom
@mntmn ooooooh the intriguing thing about a CM4 adapter would be the plausible RISC-V compat via something like https://www.hackster.io/news/antmicro-unveils-the-risc-v-arvsom-system-on-module-pin-compatible-with-the-raspberry-pi-cm4-7c0d7e073346
I also heard that the RPi4 CPU cannot do AES in hardware so no good for LUKS encrypted disk.
WIP Raspberry Pi CM4 module adapter for MNT Reform. Made today with KiCAD on my Reform in the home office. Still needs a bunch of components for the STDP2600 HDMI->eDP converter.
An interesting exercise.
Pros of CM4: Quad Cortex-A72, 8GB RAM available; potentially higher OpenGL versions and Vulkan possible (not tested by me yet);
Cons: No USB3.0. Only 1x PCIe. DSI undocumented. Might need active cooling.
really cool MNT Reform DIY kit review, love the photos https://mauromorales.com/2021/04/30/mnt-reform-2-diy-kit-review/
we now accept SEPA wire transfers in our shop / wir akzeptieren jetzt SEPA überweisungen im shop: https://shop.mntmn.com
compared to gemini
switches are cherry ML, which i still have a box of from reform 1. because they cover a much smaller pcb area than choc/MX. we just need custom smol keycaps.
the display sandwich thing is a waveshare 5.5inch hdmi->mipi touchscreen with 1920x1080p.
this will be very thicc but otherwise the dimensions of a gemini... or my fluke multimeter
i want an open smartphone alternative but i do _not_ want to mess with telephony. i rarely use it and i think it's a technological and regulatory tar pit.
blackbox apps to order groceries, tickets, online banking etc could be run via anbox. we would need to invest some work into getting anbox up to date though i guess.
still undecided on: camera???, screen aspect, keyboard type and detachability
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