MNT Reform - hackable, modular laptop

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  1. ClockworkCoder

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    I've seen some of Mntmn's amiga projects and they're generally well done.
     
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    I first read about it in Linux Magazine and it had a bit more detail. It did look good, although the details in the links I found are currently a little sparse (Edit: not sparse - I just hadn't clicked through enough - eInk display idea also is cool).

    I might be interested in the Amiga projects too...
     
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    He made an open source FPGA based Zorro II/III video card. Not entirely sure what else he has worked on.
     
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    FWIW, cherry ML switches are not microswitches. When you said 'microswitched keyboard' there you had me worried, because while you could build such a thing it'd be a monster clickly noisy thing.

    Assuming these ML switches are similiar to the MX low profile switches documented on cherry's german site, these only come in linear, non clicky forms. That's probably okay for laptop keyboards to be fair.
     
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    @levi Indeed. Thanks for putting me straight :)
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    Actually I'm still confused by this definition. They are still small, mechanically actuated switches. So how is it that they're not actually "microswitches"?
     
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    A microswitch appears to be a trademarked term, and almost always refers to the same type of thing with a box and a slightly longer lever. Keyboard switches are a type of miniature push action switch, just not actual microswitches.
     
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    That trackball looks like taken straight from a vandalism-proofed infokiosk, but that'd be one way to achieve a long lifetime :)
     
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    If they only would use a faster processor.
    A9 is slow.
    I'd rater use a portable screen and keyboard attached to the Pyra or a GPD device.
     
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    Yeah, the iMX6 package is rather old now. At least it's more powerful and more efficient than the single core A8-based OMAP 3, and in my experience even the dual core IMX6 package does need some additional cooling to stop it throttling (but in my case a simple stick on radiator with no moving parts inside a plastic case made it stable enough for me).
     
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    i like the idea of a mechanical keyboard hackable (repairable) laptop, but i'd at least want it to have speakers.
     
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