Earth-friendly EOMA68 Computing Devices

Aug 15, 2017

A20 2.7.5 HDMI Design Review, 3D Printing Underway

A very kind offer of some research into high-speed differential pairs is currently underway on the mailing list and there's been a "down-the-rabbit-hole" moment of focussing on 3D printer design. Read the full update.


Jun 19, 2017

2.7.4 EOMA68-A20 Cards Arrived

Thank you to everyone who responded about the 3D printing: a special update is being drafted. The pre-production EOMA68-A20 revision 2.7.4 samples arrived and have been tested. Decisions need to be made on how to deliver OSes to people. Read the full update.


May 16, 2017

Existential 3D Printing Moments

The EOMA68 project has a lot of 3D printing to do! This update describes some of the challenges, progress, and alternate approaches. Read the full update.


Apr 14, 2017

Taiwan, Micro Desktop Casework, Laptop PCB1, and A20

We've been in Taiwan for over a week: the new 1.7 Micro Desktop PCBs arrived and are fine, the casework is underway (a cheap-and-cheerful 3D printer sourced), Laptop PCB1 can go for prototyping, and fun and games with NAND Flash on the A20. Read the full update.


Mar 27, 2017

Complexities of Hardware, Progress, and Travel

This update sheds some light on the complexities of this entire project, summarises the status of the main portions of the project, and announces our travel plans. Read the full update.


Mar 20, 2017

You Can't Bring Electronics into China

Special update, jumping the queue slightly, which can be summarised as "You Can't Bring Electronics Into China". Read the full update.


Mar 12, 2017

Assembling PCBs at "Home"

The production schedule has been pushed by 10 weeks, the first RK3288 PCB has been assembled using "home office" equipment, likewise the Pass-through Card. The latest pre-production EOMA68-A20 will be done likewise. Plus a recap of other recent activities. Read the full update.


Feb 17, 2017

Progress, Physics, Taiwan, and More

In this update, I bring you up to speed on... everything! Read the full update.


Dec 27, 2016

A20 Prototype progress, RK3288 PCB CAD complete, and more.

This is a big update: a lot has been going on, with bursts of activity and the need to adapt to changing circumstances. *the move to Zhuhai went well; *A20 prototype test board is being made; *the RK3288 PCB CAD is complete; *the U.S. election risked disrupting the campaign; *world-wide DDOS attacks dramatically slow down communications; *new development laptop needed; *visiting Taiwan. Read the full update.


Nov 18, 2016

Latest from Shenzhen

Pre-production prototypes of the Microdesktop and EOMA68-A20 boards were initiated last month, samples were completed last week and tested. Short version: another pre-production run is needed. Read the full update.


Nov 01, 2016

Zhuhai to Shenzhen

This update covers: returning from Zhuhai to Shenzhen, meetings with Nexell that went extremely well, the production plan for the EOMA68-A20 and Micro-Desktop with Mike currently doing the PCBA. Read the full update.


Oct 17, 2016

Observations from Zhuhai

This post is a little bit more about my personal experiences and observations of being in Zhuhai, China. Read the full update.


Oct 11, 2016

Post-Shenzhen Reflections

As I was going back over my previous update on my visit to Shenzhen, it suddenly hit me: everything I've done over the past five years - the entire EOMA68 design ethos - is vindicated by this one visit to Huaqiang Road. Read the full update.


Oct 07, 2016

Update from Shenzhen

This update is about being in Shenzhen for the past few days, during their October National Holiday. In summary, I know now why it's been so damn difficult to get anything done from outside of China: it's the incredibly poor internet access. Read the full update.


Oct 03, 2016

End of September Update

Summary of the past ten days and updates on several threads. Read the full update.


Sep 19, 2016

Chips, Prototyping, and Being a Good Houseguest

We’re staying with a friend in Hong Kong as we oversee progress on the laptop's PCBs. The revised EOMA68-A20 was submitted for prototyping and may actually be ready within under ten days. Enquiries are still outstanding for tracking down a S5P6818 Reference Design. Read the full update.


Sep 09, 2016

Progress and Events

Here’s an update on the past couple of eventful weeks. A plan of action (in development) has been started in a bugtracker, flights are booked to HK, we're doing the t-shirts before we leave, we dealt with the DDR3 RAM upgrade and sent it off for prototyping estimates, we sorted out revision 1.4 of the Microdesktop layout, and we spent an enormous and disproportionate amount of time dealing with Wikipedia. Read the full update.


Aug 29, 2016

Thank you!

The past week was an amazing rush, passing and exceeding the funding target with your help, and even now it's still climbing. Read the full update.


Aug 25, 2016

Product Roadmap

This update lays out the roadmap for the EOMA68 project and what the future holds for modular, eco-conscious, libre computing. Read the full update.


Aug 21, 2016

FSF RYF Background

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) posted an article on August 10, 2016 entitled "Support the Libre Tea Computer Card, a candidate for Respects Your Freedom certification." Read the full update.


Aug 19, 2016

The Opposite of the EOMA-68 Modular Laptop

I asked David if he would write a guest update about his experiences of dealing with an older laptop. The complexity of the design contrasts greatly with that of the EOMA68 15.6" Laptop Housing. Read the full update.


Aug 18, 2016

FSF, FSFE, and Off-grid Living

Hello! I have three bits of news for you. Read the full update.


Aug 12, 2016

AZERTY STM32F072 Keyboard

Albert, who only joined the arm-netbook mailing list a few short weeks ago, has been helping with the keyboard firmware. He's very kindly made a short video of the STM32F072 providing AZERTY (French) keyboard support, which he wrote. Read the full update.


Aug 11, 2016

Speedy Devuan

After running the libreoffice, printing and web browsing updates with associated videos on Parabola-Arm GNU/Linux-libre, the performance was less than modest. In complete contrast, when running the exact same programs under Devuan, the difference in speed is staggering and so noticeable as to be worth doing a separate update. Read the full update.


Aug 09, 2016

Web Browser Performance

People have been asking what the web browser performance is like on a $7 dual-core A20. Here's an honest appraisal and some tips. Read the full update.


Aug 09, 2016

T-shirts

We've added a geek-friendly T-Shirt to the options: this quick update covers the sizes and colours Read the full update.


Aug 04, 2016

Cedrus GPL Video Encode/Decode

I am delighted to be able to announce that the Cedrus fully-GPL-compliant accelerated video encode/decode libraries work out-of-the-box on the EOMA68-A20 Libre Tea Computer Card: 1920x1080 at 60fps (1080p60) works great, full-screen. As the CEDAR Reverse-engineering is an FSF High Priority Project this is a big deal. Read the full update.


Aug 04, 2016

Free Talk Live

We've just done a show on Free TalkLive here in Keene, NH, see the video from the studio. Read the full update.


Aug 03, 2016

Gimp, LibreOffice and Printing

We've been asked to demonstrate LibreOffice, Gimp and also took the opportunity to show printing (in this case using a networked HP Laserjet). Read the full update.


Aug 02, 2016

Support Scenario

We asked on the mailing list if people could come up with examples where EOMA68 could be used by people with more computing experience to make it easier and less costly for them to support friends, family and clients. What we weren't expecting was an actual real-world scenario to occur during the campaign. Read the full update.


Aug 01, 2016

GCompris Educational Suite

Lilyana and I are having great fun at the moment, crashing boats, submarines and satellites thanks to gcompris running on the Libre Tea Computer Card. Read the full update.


Aug 01, 2016

Sugar OS Demo

This is a quick - and very honest - demonstration of the Sugar OS of OLPC fame running on an EOMA68-A20 Computer Card. Read the full update.


Jul 29, 2016

Milestones

Thanks to everyone's help we reached an important milestone yesterday evening: USD $50,000 from over 500 pledges. Read the full update.


Jul 27, 2016

More OS Options!

We're adding two new OSs to the pre-installed option: Devuan and Fedora 24. These are now available (look right and scroll down), and we will be evaluating more OSs, including in particular SUGAR and FreeBSD. Read the full update.


Jul 26, 2016

Pass-through Card

One of the ideas for EOMA68 Cards that's been in the cards (pun intended) for some time is a Pass-through Card. The possibilities for this Card are really exciting, so we decided to add it during the campaign. Read the full update.


Jul 24, 2016

Mainline U-boot and Kernel

The EOMA68-A20 Computer Card has been using the older u-boot and sunxi-3.4 kernels for some time. This update shows a recent mainline u-boot (2016.07) and a sunxi-next near-mainline 4.7.0-rc5 Linux kernel. Read the full update.


Jul 22, 2016

Hope Conference 2016

We're currently at Hope 2016 with Think Penguin here in New York, Seva Epsteyn kindly did a live video for us to show the computer card, laptop housing, and micro-desktop. Read the full update.


Jul 21, 2016

Devuan Demo

With Fedora 24, Debian, and Parabola already on the list, Devuan we felt was important addition to have, due to the "hassle-free" ethic inherent throughout this campaign. Read the full update.


Jul 18, 2016

Feedback from Backers

In speaking with people on the mailing lists and various forums, we're getting a lot of questions from people new to the EOMA68 concept. After answering Nick's questions about how to set up ultra-low-power servers using EOMA68 Computer Cards, he had these kind words to say... Read the full update.


Jul 16, 2016

Laptop Comparisons

Over the years there's been quite a few innovative laptop projects out there, including from mass-volume suppliers: a bamboo laptop, a recycleable one, an engineer's laptop, and many more. In this update I'd like to go over them all as a way to distinguish the EOMA68 Laptop Housing, as well as illustrate how this project has learned from them all. Read the full update.


Jul 15, 2016

Fedora 24

Fedora 24 is up and running on the EOMA68-A20 Computer Card! We have yet to pick a name for it (suggestions welcome) however it's still worthwhile letting people know about: a quick video demo is available. Read the full update.


Jul 14, 2016

Questions and Debates

I thought I'd share with you how amazed and delighted I am at some of the questions and debates that this project has raised. Read the full update.


Jul 13, 2016

STM32F072 firmware: AZERTY and other keyboards

Thanks to Albert for contacting us and agreeing to help out via arm-netbooks. He contacted me last week to ask if it the laptop would have AZERTY keyboard support. As this is a libre project, I explained to him the process, not realising that he was an embedded hardware engineer. Read the full update.


Jul 12, 2016

PCMCIA/EOMA68 Breakout Board

We've had a number of people, many of you electronics enthusiasts and makers, ask how to connect to the EOMA68 Computer Cards for use in your own electronics projects. We do have some GPIO pins on the Micro Desktop... Read the full update.


Jul 11, 2016

3D Printing the Laptop Parts

Thanks to Demon3D of the Reprap community we can show you a time-lapse video of one of the laptop's parts being 3D-printed. The video shows the back left base part, which, thanks to having internal arches that were modelled on those used in Gothic Cathedrals, is incredibly strong despite a wall thickness of only 1mm and an overall length of 160mm. Read the full update.


Jul 10, 2016

Picking a Processor

We've had a lot of people asking about alternative processors; a lot of suggestions on what we should be making available in EOMA68 form-factor, as well as quite a lot of criticism for only having a Dual-core ARM Cortex A7 1.2ghz. The list of checkboxes needed to be ticked for an ethical eco-conscious Computer Card is really quite long: no NDAs, full sources, no spying built into the hardware, reference designs available, datasheets, and much more, so we thought we'd take you through some of the top ones. We'll also put in some estimates for costs both in time and financial terms. Read the full update.


Jul 08, 2016

Cable Set Now Available: Standalone Libre Tea Demo

After ordering a slough of parts, including one of the obscurely-named On-the-Go Host-Charger cables which we finally found, we've been able to test and verify the two cables needed to turn any Computer Card into a standalone computer, without the need of either of the Micro Desktop or Laptop housings. We've added it as a pledge level to the campaign Read the full update.


Jul 07, 2016

Merchandise

We've had some people notice that there's no stickers, mugs, t-shirts and so on... Read the full update.


Jul 07, 2016

MOQs

I thought it would be nice to do an assessment and give you some insights into how we came up with the pledge levels. The pledge levels have been based on a minimum order quantity (MOQ) of 250 units. Ordering PCBs and components is odd: there are fixed setup and teardown costs which don't change no matter how many PCBs you get made, and the components that are soldered to the PCBs can come in reels of 2,500 or trays of 100. Ordering a partial reel is so time-consuming and inconvenient it's just not worth it. All this basically means the smaller batch sizes are much more expensive per unit than larger batch sizes: ten times the cost is not uncommon. The problem is nobody would buy a $50 computer if it cost $500. That's where crowdfunding comes into its own. Read the full update.


Jul 05, 2016

Standalone Computer Cards

While a Computer Card can certainly slot into the micro desktop and laptop housings, it can also be run on its own with the addition of a some basic cabling. Read the full update.


Jul 01, 2016

First Update + Demo

It's been only two days and already we're up to 9% of our target, which is fantastic - thank you! Read the full update.

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$65

Libre Tea Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Parabola GNU/Linux-libre operating system. We expect the Libre Tea Computer Card to receive the Free Software Foundation's Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification before the first units ship.


$65

Practically Perfect Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.


$65

Numero Uno Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Devuan GNU/Linux operating system.


$65

Getting Ahead Computer Card

An EOMA68-compatible computer card with an Allwinner A20 dual core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of NAND flash pre-installed with the Fedora 24 GNU/Linux operating system.


$55

Micro Desktop Housing for Computer Card

This is a Micro Desktop base unit and power supply unit with a beautiful laser-cut stack of 3mm plywood panels that creates an aesthetically attractive tiny base unit for your Computer Cards. Excludes Computer Card, keyboard, mouse and VGA monitor.


$450

PIY Laptop Housing Kit for Computer Card

This Print-It-Yourself (PIY) kit includes all the parts, cabling and boards (main, power, and controller, assembled and tested), and battery, charger, keyboard, LCD, and CTP-LCD for trackpad that are needed to build a complete Libre Laptop once you 3D print the enclosure from the freely available GPLv3+ licensed plans. Excludes Computer Card.


$500

PFY Laptop Housing Kit for Computer Card

This Printed-For-You (PFY) kit has everything needed to create a full EOMA68 Laptop, including a 3D printed set of casework parts, bamboo plywood panels, tested and assembled PCBs, cables, battery, charger, keyboard, LCD, and CTP-LCD for trackpad. Available in a variety of colors and materials. Excludes Computer Card.


$1,200

Completely Assembled Laptop + Computer Card

A meticulously hand-assembled and fully-tested laptop. Includes your choice of EOMA68-A20 Computer Card and 3D-printed casework.


$10,000

On-site Consultation, Presentation, and Workshop + Laptop + Computer Card

For those people who would like the opportunity to meet the designers and have them personally go over the project's development, history, future direction and much more, a week's time can be made available to meet with you personally, to do a hands-on workshop to help you (and any number of additional attendees) through the process of putting together your own fully-functioning laptop and even take you through the process of building and installing the software. Also included will be one Laptop with a Computer Card which will be assembled on-site. You must provide travel, accommodation, tools and a suitable workshop and presentation space. Contact us directly for details.


$20

PCMCIA/EOMA68 Breakout Board

One PCMCIA/EOMA68 Breakout Board with one surface mount PCMCIA header, and tracks to some convenient 2.54-mm-spaced through-holes. Added by popular demand, for access, tinkering, development work, testing, etc.


$35

Pass-through Card

A simple card that takes in HDMI and USB and passes them on. Turns a Laptop Housing into a portable, battery-powered dock for your smartphone, USB-HDMI dongle computer, and tablet, or a second screen, keyboard, and mouse for your existing laptop or desktop PC.


$15

USB + HDMI Cable Set for Standalone Operation

Includes a Micro HDMI Type D cable and 3-way USB-OTG Host-Charger cable tested and known to work with EOMA68 Computer Cards. These are the cables you need to run a Computer Card as a standalone device without the need for a housing. Also useful with the Micro Desktop or Laptop Housing to add a second screen and extra USB port.

Credits

EOMA68


Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton

Developer

Christopher Waid

Sponsor

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