#qi-hardware IRC log for Sunday, 2012-12-16

rjeffriesNow things get interesting: http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=268601:34
rjeffriesInteresting set of design decisions. Those who do not want a blob can simply not use wifi. FPGA inclusion seems smart. Leveraging Raspberry Pi GPIO header is clever, 01:38
wpwrakdunno ... laptops don't seem to be much of an issue01:39
wpwrakin the sense that a) you can usually find some that are open enough for all practical purposes, b) a laptop is a complex system, making it expensive to construct one01:40
wpwrakof course, if you do it just for the fun of it, why not :)01:41
wpwrakbah, and he still got some closed-source junk in there. why bother at all then ?01:42
wpwrakrjeffries: btw, how's that illuminated walking stick coming along ? did you make it ?01:43
uncloudedonly the wifi and graphics seem to require a blob though02:59
uncloudedare there alternatives for 3D and wifi that don't require a blob yet?03:01
uncloudedI should have read the comments: "Wifi does not require a closed-source blob, if you use an Atheros 9k mPCI-x version"03:03
rjeffrieswpwrak Bunnie's project is not a Ben Nanonote alternative, agreed. His attempt at open hardware does not interest you, that's fine. It will be interesting to see whether a mainly open laptop--with clever bits like FPGA integration--can find enough buyers to make sense.16:53
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