Yes, for sure a valid point. The reasoning for this thread is more about the promises Purism has done in the past and the marketing they use for telling about "full freedom". Personally I would be more okay with clear wordings like "more oriented towards freedom" or something else. I deal myself also at working time with enough non-free software so I know the compromises being made. But especially throughout those compromises we see more problems around in the free culture and free soft- / hardware. People seem to more okay with them instead of having a clear understanding about so phrases like "open-source" are mixed into places where this could not be even more far away from reality.
Nobody gets taken away the freedom to choose for sure. But we can see more and more parts vanishing as more compromises are made on the course. A mentioned "evil" is nowhere to be found as that harsh description should be avoided. In fact I would no company name "evil" (per definition), just ignorant. The point is: Do we choose using them as only possible way? Or do we try something else? That is our choice to be made. So we need information being shared and discussions being done. Not about "evil", just about the methods and the facts behind.
You mean like how the linux foundation is being beyond stupid and supporting the idea of UEFI rather than being firm and saying we refuse to accept microsoft has to get approval for us to be able to install on UEFI?
Correcting the above quote, to make sure it makes sense...
As for the idea of no company being evil, let alone no corporation being evil... it depends on your definition of evil.
The moment someone abuses their power to control the user of their hardware or software, evil has already begun.
Btw, I know your thoughts on mnt reform, so I am curious how you feel about this:
Not sure about all the changes made from i.MX8MQ VS LS1028A
This was the original right?
CPU: NXP/Freescale i.MX8MQ with 4x ARM Cortex-A53 cores (1.5 GHz), 1x Cortex-M4F core. CPU and RAM are on exchangeable SO-DIMM sized module.
RAM: 4 GB LPDDR4 memory
GPU: Vivante GC7000Lite GPU with mainline Linux drivers and OpenGL 2.1, ES 2.0
Display: Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) 12.5" IPS eDP display driven via MIPI-DSI. Optionally-enabled HDMI port. 128 x 32 pixel system control OLED
USB: 3x USB 3.0 ports external (Type-A), 2x USB 2.0 internal (for input devices)
Networking: Gigabit Ethernet port. miniPCIe Wi-Fi card included in Reform Max pledge level.
Storage: Internal M.2 M-key socket for NVMe SSD. Full size SD card slot.
PCIe: 1x miniPCIe socket (PCIe 2.0 1x), 1x M.2/NGFF socket M-key (PCIe 2.0 1x)
Keyboard: Reform mechanical USB keyboard with Kailh Choc Brown Switches, dimmable backlight, open firmware
Trackball (Option): Reform optical USB trackball with 5 mechanical switches (Kailh Choc Brown), open firmware
Trackpad (Option): Reform capacitive USB trackpad, open firmware
Enclosure: Modular case from CNC-milled, bead-blasted, black-anodized 6061 aluminum. Bottom cover milled from semi-transparent acrylic.
Sound: Wolfson WM8960 ADC/DAC, stereo speakers, 3.5" headset/microphone jack (no internal microphone)
Camera: No camera. Internal MIPI-CSI connector
Battery: LiFePO4 battery technology - which is more fire-safe and has more charge-cycles than LiPo battieries. 8x owner-serviceable 18650 cells totalling 12 Ah/3.2 V. 5 h approximate battery life
System Controller: NXP LPC11U24 ARM Cortex-M0 chip with open firmware and hackable expansion port
Manual: Operator Manual incl. system schematics and full parts list
Sources: KiCAD sources for motherboard, keyboard, trackball, trackpad, STEP/STL/FreeCAD files for case parts, C sources for all firmware (input devices and system controller), build scripts for boot & system image
OS: Preloaded with Debian GNU/Linux 11, Linux 5.x mainline kernel
Dimensions: 29 x 20.5 x 4 cm
Weight: ~1.9 kg
Also, look up the differences between LiFePO4 vs Lithium Ion
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-i … ery#Safety
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-i … tal_impact
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium-i … hts_impact
Then look at LiFePO4:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_i … advantages
Aka, the original mnt reform uses that type.
Hopefully the pocket one will also have that option in the future.
I initially wanted a 24 hour battery, but I am now thinking, that its better to have the same amount of LiFePO4 batteries in the mini as an expansion option instead, even if it only gives 12 hours.
That being said, your concerns are reasonable, provided no better alternative comes around.
Hopefully something better does come though.
Btw, modular can be better, even if people toss the old version of it out, if and only if, the components it uses are less than 1/8th of the toxicity level of the alternatives.
Which more than likely will be the case in the future if not now.
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