Hello folks! I just caught on to Purism and what you are all doing here and would like to thank you all for your service. Personally, I very much appreciate the fact that you take privacy and security seriously. And that you align your values around freedom. What you are doing is like no other, and I feel it is very important!!!
I am in the market for a computer to research, develop, and learn basic computer science and security with. One that respects my privacy and frees me from corporate blobware. So I searched and researched and ended up stuck with you all. That is a good thing btw. Reason why is you are the only ones who seemingly have removed the workings of blob both in hardware AND software. I think you all deserve a round of beers and appaluse.
So I am interested in the Librem 14, possibly waiting for a newer revision, as well as the Mini v2. Before I make a purchase, I would like to have a few questions answered, if possible. My goals for the Purism machines are: to learn to code and develop software, create a vm workstation for hacking and security testing, and I would like to dig into ML and AI a bit. (I think that is mostly run with GPU’s) but, I would like this all to be run on my Purism machines. I do plan on getting both, not sure which one first.
Can I install an eGPU on the libram 14 and the Mini v2? I would like to have a gtx1080 +/- for any dev work or hacking ie: hashing, ML, and AI. Seems like some eGPUs require thunderbolt 3 x4 lanes? Also, I see that the prefernce is those 4 lanes be from the cpu directly rather thru the chipset. or have a gpu dedicated IO. Something maybe Purism could consider adding to their line of products? There is The Beast which can connect via nvme too.
Can I install a samsumg pro 980 nvme gen 4 into either the Librem 14 or the Mini? I wonder if Purism hasn’t modified the firmware for the drives they use? IIRC the 980 pro be it around the fastest nvme around?
Can I install regular Corsair ddr4 2400 1.2v laptop ram in either machine? I already have 64GB (2x 32GB) modules. I notice the ram speed is rather slow, any idea when then will be updated to 3.2ghz or more? Or possibly ddr5? I would wait a year or two if the next product coming up has these improvements.
Yep that’s about it for now I think. I ask here because of security concerns and potential incompatibility issues, possibly some of you folks out there have already tested some of these ideas?
It would be great to have an eGPU in my backpack with my Librem 14 and say, I can take it to my friends house and we can hack his wifi using gpu hashing, or I can learn ML on the gpu and get involved with the AI - Deep Learning stuff. I appreciate any feedback and opinions! Cheers!