I wrote an article about the redesign of MNT Reform https://mntre.com/media/news_md/2019-05-20-reintroducing-reform.html
@twee yes, that’s a typo, thanks!
The article doesn't mention it but I assume switching to a 64bit SOC will allow the user to install significantly more RAM as well?
Also, do you know from the top of your head wether the new SOC has hardware virtualization support?
@vimja afaik the maximum amount of DDR4 on this soc is still 8 GB :/
@mntmn That's not too bad though. For 90% of what I do, 8 GB is plenty of memory.
@mntmn Oh, this is super. Subscribed.
@mntmn looks great; nice work!
at the risk of sounding predictable, do you know if there's much demand for labeled keycaps? seems like the cost/benefit ratio is pretty low, and that the set of folks interested in a DIY laptop doesn't have that much overlap with the set of folks who need labels to type.
@technomancy yeah, the beta version with actual customers revealed that more people need labels than you would expect. even if you’re a touch typist, it can be disorienting not to have labels.
@mntmn interesting. at least, people think they need labels anyway, and that's a good enough reason.
good to see you've done research. will you offer blanks as well?
@technomancy yeah we could do that on request!
@mntmn aaaaactually I would probably replace the whole kb with my own switch plate that isn't row-staggered and source it all myself...
so never mind =)
@Naughtylus @technomancy it’s because a lot of people (like me) have a hard time changing to that after decades of using staggered. i tried with a typematrix keyboard but failed. but i’m strongly considering the option to make an ortho version of the keyboard as an option anyway, it’s easy to do relative to other customizations.
@brad @Naughtylus @technomancy sure. the space bar is already split up btw. but you have to understand that most people don’t have the patience/will to go through a long transition period, so it can’t be the default. i will make it an option in the crowdfunding and see how many people will order with ortho layout. i think that’ll be a good indicator.
@sum relax, all the letters will be there, and there is a trackpad option. (it’s in the article)
@mntmn I'm getting a SSL_ERROR_UNSUPPORTED_VERSION ?
@mntmn Really should consider putting the trackball on the left side.
@mntmn Personally for me, its the same way it's more comfortable. I've used laptops with a touchpad much more right, and it really cumbersome when it comes to typing. The ones I've used aligned left are a dream to use, as it leaves more room and easier access to the keyboard (right hand isn't blocking it), and you can sit more naturally.
@katnjia hmm so you type with one hand and use the trackpad/ball with the other hand or how...? maybe you can make a sketch?
Well you could, and do with certain tasks, but I was thinking more about what's more ergonomic to use. In the same way that, most (I know) put their mouse on the right side, and not bellow the keyboard.
You could argue keeping the trackpad in the middle gives you quicker access to the home row, yet with normal usage I depend more on the arrow/cursor-keys.
@katnjia normally the trackball in the middle is not in the way at all if you use both hands to type. i can make a video later how the typing works.
@mntmn Oh sorry I kind of mixed up the directions.
My comment about blocking was more directed at laptops with the touchpad aligned to the left. I don't doubt that the trackball interface isn't in the way.
Anyway, the easiest way to understand what I'm hinting at is just run a test design with the trackball aligned to the right instead of the middle, and see how it feels.
@mntmn what are you using for mechanical design on this?
@er1n fusion 360
> Using individual cells also means you can exchange battery cells on the fly, and you'll be able to buy individual (or bulk) cells from third party vendors.
@mntmn more of a software question, but can the GPU handle modern OpenGLand if not, is there any possibility that it will?
@grainloom officially 3.1 i believe, not sure at what level etnaviv is currently, will check!
@mntmn The info I found suggests OpenGL ES 1 and 2.
Which isn't bad tbh.
@grainloom GC7000 officially does ES3.1 and vulkan, just etnaviv isn’t there yet. but i’m sure they will be at some point.
@mntmn Also, USB-C with power delivery would be really, really convenient. 🤤
Wow. Now it actually looks like something! Sub.
@mntmn Are there any plans on using a free driver for a video card?
@meff it's all in the article, the gpu (do you mean that by video card?) already has an open source driver, etnaviv. it's in the linux kernel!
@mntmn oops good to know and thanks for the reply!
Never heard about this before but I am intrigued
@a good point. the display is 12.5”
"Unfortunately, during the boot process, i.MX8M requires a closed-source firmware for an embedded ARCompact processor in the Synopsys DDR4 PHY. " 🙁
"We are in contact with reverse engineers [...] to find out if we have a chance to replace this firmware at some point in the future." 😕
"[W]hen an affordable, high-performing RISC-V chip is released, we will design a motherboard version around it that you can swap into an existing Reform chassis." 😃
"... For example, when an affordable, high-performing RISC-V chip is released, we will design a motherboard version around it that you can swap into an existing Reform chassis."
Can you make any statement (no matter how vague) as to when a version with RISC-V could become available?
Like, 2 years? Or rather 5?
@iLikeAltitude i cannot, because i don’t know who is planning to release a fitting RISC-V chip and when.
@mntmn Hey - do you have an rss feed for the MNT Reform news?
@mntmn Looks like it does. Thanks!
@mntmn Wow, I was already impressed with the unit you showed me at FOSDEM, but this version seems to be really good!
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