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discussion of operating systems on cpu cards

after manuel asked if it was ok to have a specific CPU Card only
support one OS, i had a bit of a think about that, and wanted to run
an idea by everyone.

the discussion is basically "should all CPU Cards work with all base
units with all OSes?" meaning that we have a *three-way* (3D) matrix
of options:

a) CPU Cards
b) base units
c) OSes

previously we had discussed the idea of OSes being able to
auto-download (in some fashion) such that CPU Cards could adapt to the
base unit.

i have an alternative idea which i think may turn out to be more
workable... at least slightly simpler.

the idea is quite simple:

* tie the OS to the CPU Card
* have the OS adapt (as best as possible) to the base unit *without*
needing OS updates (as best as practical)

the implications are that, for example (manuel?) the Gaming OS should
adapt so that if the CPU Card is plugged into a laptop base, it should
go "oh, i am in a laptop base, i have no touch screen but that's ok i
have a mouse, and oh look i have a joystick rather than a set of
analog track-pads".
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eoma68-jz4775 cpu card

ok so i contacted the people on linux-mips and the planned prototype
cpu card was very well received, which was really nice.  they pointed
out however that creating 4 cpu cards is a leeetle ambitious :)  well,
it can't be helped, i've been waiting for some time to earn enough
money to pay for them so there is quite a backlog!

l.

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eoma68-ic1t cpu card and microdesktop

ok so i sent off the funds yesterday to a company that is happy to
make 5 of each, i will get acknowledgement soon and will find out
their expected timescales for completion.
l.

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microdesktop and eoma68-ic1t boards

ok i've received a quote from a company that is recommended by
ICubeCorp, it is only $750 for 5 micro-desktop PCBs and 5 eoma68-ic1t
PCBs, which is very very good.  probably something to do with them
being tiny boards and only 4-layer.  anyway i will send them the money
at the beginning of september, will keep people posted. if they are
good i will use them to do the eoma68-jz4770 boards as well.

l.

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[status] qimod ltd

i thought i'd give people a summary of the situation so far.

1) i looked up the advice on trademark invalidation: it says that you
have to make the attempt (continously) to enter into negotiations.
2) the directors of qimod ltd are making absolutely no effort
*whatsoever* to my efforts at negotiation.
3) the reason why not seem to be one of revenge, pure and simple.
4) due to the revenge-seeking the settlement offers received have
matched the director's desires to marginalise (effectively terminate)
the goals of this project.
5) the reasons for the revenge-seeking are down, sadly, to
miscommunications.  this is partly a knock-on effect of my working
sustained and continuous 14 hour days for months at a time: pure
exhaustion meant that i had to take a break.  this was when the
mis-communications accumulated.
6) one of the miscommunications is in the handling of the kde project.
7) the directors (myself included) made a joint - as it turned out
risky - decision to let aaron handle the first critical product
release, instead of going with a MEBv2.
8) as the delays turned to months, resulting in embarrassment for
qimod with its suppliers, the directors made a joint decision to
cancel the supply of product to makeplaylive.com and ordered them to
remove all mention of qimod and eoma68 from all web sites.
9) aaron claims never to have received that message.
10) the key director (majority shareholder) of qimod FORGOT that he
had ever sent that message!
11) aaron and the majority shareholder then had a conversation in
which they decided that i was the sole exclusive source of all
problems.
12) the directors of qimod then met and these mis-apprehensions were
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[status] eoma68-a20 revision 2.2 prototypes paid for

ok so i paid for 5 prototype revision 2.2 cpu cards, wire transfer
completes in a couple of days, they'll start then.  am still tracking
down someone to do the microdesktop pcb.
l.

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Card Power Classes

what about a standard for categorising the different cards based on
there computer resources/speed. like sd cards classes.

so speed class 1
if no use 2 only usb 1.*

speed class 2
usb 2
less than 1ghz & less than 1gb ram

speed class 3
usb 2
more than 1ghz & 1gb ram

speed class 3
usb 2
more than 1ghz & 1gb ram
gb ehternet

...etc

multimedia class SD
only capable of sd video

multimedia class HD (720)
only capable of HD video

multimedia class Full HD (1080)
only capable of Full HD video

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Vincent B. | 10 Aug 21:50 2014

Laptop idea

Hi,

What about start from a Lenovo Thinkpad laptop, that usually comes with the full
user guide and parts available, design a custom PCB to host the EOMA-68 card and
be compatible with the rest of the Thinkpad hardware (screen, keyboard, etc…).
This would produce an EOMA based laptop, it is even maybe possible to reuse
PCMCIA ports from the Thinkpad (mine has two such slots).

I would be very interested because I like Thinkpads, but I'd like a system that
consume much less power, and this just doesn't exist on the market yet.

Cheers,

Vincent

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parallax open cpu

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/08/07/1852259/parallax-completes-open-hardware-vision-with-open-source-cpu

they're all coming out the woodwork now!

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Guillaume FORTAINE | 7 Aug 17:33 2014

LowRISC : a CPU open-sourced down to the silicon level, based on RISC-V architecture

http://www.lowrisc.org 		 	   		  
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joem | 1 Aug 14:31 2014
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ITEAD Core AW2042 - 2nd generation SoM board out soon from ITEAD

ITEAD Core AW2042 - 2nd generation SoM board out soon from ITEAD
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ITEAD Core AW2042

http://blog.iteadstudio.com/tag/itead-core/


http://blog.iteadstudio.com/the-2nd-generation-itead-core-is-coming-soon/


Neat - has SATA, and seems like lots of IO on the one board.
204 pins connections on the edge connector.
Has a uSD slot on one side.

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Gmane