Your Purism products wish list

if we factor in 1mil people then it adds up :wink: in a solar-energy deficient country it might be quite substantial … i think it helps if we remember that everything adds up even if just for a few people it doesn’t mean much (we are a few billion people connected already - globally)

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Fair enough. My comment was about affordability, not sustainability. I am not in a position to know whether you supply your own electricity or whether your electricity (regardless of supplier) is renewable.

Again though 60W is towards the top end. A single low-power consumption headless computer with a single SSD could be consuming just a handful of Watts when not doing much.


Also note that in lots of places, electricity for appliances is essentially free for at least 3 months a year, since if you’re not using enough of it, you end up just running a bunch through a set of copper coils with a fan. Even if you have gas heat, the marginal impact is the difference in cost and efficiency between your gas heat and your electric appliance.

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One more wish to previous items written by me:

Open hardware for Rockbox

or, more generally, a Digital Audio Player that follows the Purism model of being as open as possible, hardware and software.


A mobile workstation.
Since Purism currently refusing AMD, so I guess a Xeon based laptop?

Keep on advocating for a FOSS native Foobar mobile version with kernel streaming output derived from Foobar2000

Edit: As discussed on the audiophile question thread

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I’ve got two product wishes…

  • USA products to be union made (maybe they already are, I dunno(?))
  • Team up with a North American designer like John Varvatos, Christie Smythe, etc. etc. to make special designer editions (pretty much almost have a bespoke product line already anyhow).

A rugged and waterproof phone/tablet/laptop.

I found one possible option that is an “open-source tablet”. However, I don’t think the hardware is open source from what I can tell, happy to be corrected.

Ntablet - An Open-source Tablet for Your Creative Projects

There is also an open hardware e-reader called Inkplate 6 that uses recycled kindle e-paper screens (sort of upcycling proprietary hardware to open source goodness)

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Looks like the Ntablet is a theoretical product but it has reached its funding goal (apparently) so the project should go ahead. I couldn’t find any info about the intended hardware specs, other than an implication that it will be an ARM CPU / SoC.

I found the specs at:

It uses the RockChip RK3288 (Quad-core, 1.8GHz) CPU and the Mali-T760 Quad-core GPU.

I’m not sure if they are completely open source or require firmware blobs.

The Debian based firmware can be downloaded:

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  1. BlackBerry Passport style phablet but with a 4x5 aspect ratio FHD OLED screen. It could use the PKB and tool belt style of BB Classic.

  2. Google Pixel Slate type tablet with apple pencil 2 type stylus pen.

  3. Yaesu FT3D / Icom IC Sat 100 style handheld radio.

  4. Powerful desktop capable of running graphically demanding programs/games.

  5. DAP with streaming capability.

  6. Bicycle GPS speedometer.

  7. Purism messenger similar to BBM (BlackBerry Messenger)

  8. A laptop to rival the System76 Oryx Pro.

That’s it for now.

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would love to see the librem laptops fully redesigned and updated with the latest intel processors, or even AMD if they would make a semicustom solution. Also a Librem Reader and a NAS based on the librem 5 devkit would be really nice.


How many people want an Librem SoC like rockpro or raspberry Pi?


I would love to see a “Magnetic” Power connector like the past apple products had.
Pure genius IMO.
WHY are we still using the barrel plug type connectors still? (Cheap?)

These connectors are a serious weak point in the hardware that I’d love to see gone.

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patent encumbered ?

For my needs (includes future Librem 5 usage) I might choose this one:

Another option for a Linux tablet is the PINE64 PineTab, which has a less powerful CPU and GPU, no microHDMI port, no fast-charging, and a lower resolution screen, but it is also much cheaper than the NTablet. The RK3288 1.8GHz in the NTablet has a single core Geekbench 4 performance around 900, whereas the Allwinner A64 1.2GHz in the PineTab gets around 500. For me, the 7" screen on the NTablet is too small, whereas the 10" screen on the PineTab is the right size.

The PineTab has the option to add a keyboard and will have a future option for a cellular modem. With the keyboard, the PineTab only costs $120, and the cellular modem will probably be another $30-$40.

The NTablet supports WebOS, Ubuntu, Debian and Android 8, whereas I expect that the PineTab will eventually be able to run UBports, postmarketOS/Plasma Mobile, postmarketOS/Phosh, LuneOS, Manjaro, SailfishOS (based on what is being ported to the PinePhone, which has virtually the same hardware).

The NTablet is better if you want to connect to an external monitor, because of the more powerful CPU/GPU and miniHDMI connector. I’m not sure which is better for tinkering. The PineTab will have published schematics for the circuit board and pogo pins for adding extensions, plus it will have an active community and a forum, but the NTablet has a connector for many types of serial communication.

  1. 11 inch ultrabook, but intel rather than arm. There is a topic about it already: Librem 11 - re-activate?