As the campaign draws to an exciting close (less than 48 hours left!), I wanted to share with you some pictures of something we've been doing in the last few weeks: putting together eight beta versions of MNT Reform. Read the full update.
Reform now runs KiCAD with "Accelerated Graphics", which took a good bit of work, including some etnaviv reverse-engineering. And 4K HDMI 2.0a video output now appears to be working with the i.MX8 module. Read the full update.
This update walks through the boot image build process (including a demo video), brushes on hardware-level, blobless H.264 decoding, points to a Libre Lounge podcast we were recently featured in, and announces an AMA on June 3rd at 1pm Pacific. Read the full update.
MNT Reform has reached its funding goal and will go into production, all thanks to you, the backers! We've started releasing some project documentation, including an interactive system diagram and a set of interactive PCB explorers. Read the full update.
Today we're launching the crowdfunding of a laptop that doesn't have glued-in batteries, soldered-in storage or "security" chips that prevent you from exercising your right to repair. MNT Reform is a daring design that is as open and repairable as we could make it. It's chunky, robust (black anodized, milled aluminum), has a mechanical keyboard, and an optical trackball (or a multitouch trackpad if you want). Read the MNT Reform story and support open source hardware. Read the full update.
During the last few months, based on feedback from beta customers and our own dog-fooding experiences, Ana and I redesigned almost all parts of MNT Reform, our libre laptop. Changes have been made to the default SoC, case design, screen, battery, keyboard, trackball, etc... Read the full update.
A few days before Christmas 2018, we assembled the last one of the Reform Beta units. 13 Reform laptops exist in total; 10 went out to the adventurous people who pre-ordered them, two are for ourselves and one went to Crowd Supply in Portland as the demo unit for the upcoming campaign. Read the full update.
The most recent MNT Reform prototype was shipped right to Crowd Supply headquarters. Here's Josh opening the package on camera to share his initial reactions. Read the full update.