Today (30.11.2020) I found out that NXP i.MX8M Plus (the same SoC which will be used in Fir batch aka Librem 5 V2) is already available for about 2 weeks. You can buy right now the boards (https://shop.solid-run.com/product-category/embedded-computers/?filter_som-com-family=nxp-i-mx8m-plus). Unfortunately, they have only included 1gb of ram, which is ridiculous for that price. Raspberry pi 4 8gb ram model costs only $75.
Is Purism hardware team already working on Librem 5 V2? Or they are keeping it a secret, so Purism doesn’t experience the Osborne effect?
If I was Purism I’d get Evergreen out the door before I’d worry about Fir.
Interesting question. Would be happy to see an official answer.
Yes and no. Evergreen is present and past. Fir is future. A a company you always deal with the future. Questionn is simply how deep they did so far?
I don’t think any significant effort is being spent on Batch Fir/Librem 5 v2 yet. There is still a lot of work progressing on the Librem 5 shipping/production logistics and software development.
Additionally, Purism has not committed (or even stated) that the NXP i.MX8M Plus will be the SoC used in the L5v2. They only said that they aim to have a 14 nm CPU in the next revision, and I think several people (reasonably) assumed that would be the NXP i.MX8M Plus, but Purism has made no such claims.
I think at this point Evergreen is still future. They’re supporting it for life, right? Fir is distant future. All that aside, you have to make sure the current product is good to go, particularly when you have relatively limited resources and staff, before worrying about what’s coming next.