New Korora Penguin Laptop /w Trisquel

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Chris

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Beigetreten: 04/23/2011

I just wanted to post a few pictures of the new Korora Penguin Laptop. I know people have been emailing me as always about a thinner, lighter, smaller model. This is it. It's got a 14.1" screen, i5-4200U CPU, built-in DVD-RW drive, and comes in at under 1" thick (23.9mm). It mostly compatible with Trisquel 6 after a kernel upgrade and will work out of the box with Trisquel 7 when it is released.

Here are a few extra pictures above and beyond what is on the ThinkPenguin site:

Here is a link to the page directly:

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/korora-penguin-gnu-linux-notebook

* Note: Always visit us through libre.thinkpenguin.com before purchasing as 25% of the profits are then donated to the Trisquel project.

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I also want to remind people that Libre Planet 2014 is coming up as well as the Northeast GNU/Linux Fest. Libre Planet is being held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Stata Center, at 32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA. Ruben Rodriguez Perez, The Trisquel GNU/Linux Project Lead will be presenting Trisquel 7 at the event. See my other post about it.

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Mzee
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Beigetreten: 07/10/2013

One short question: Do you offer the possibility to pay with Bitcoins?

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axgb
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Beigetreten: 09/22/2013

What about UK keyboards?

Chris

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Beigetreten: 04/23/2011

We're half way to decent support for a number of regions. Right now we have AC adapters that support the UK, Europe, Australia, Japan, and North America. I should know shortly what keyboard layouts we'll carry for this model as well although it's always hard to tell when they'll get here. It's still at least 3+ weeks away. They have to traverse a major ocean.

It is also always hard to tell as there are many intermediaries and companies involved with production of these types of complex devices. Different parts come from different factories and frequently there is only one or a handful of places to get any given part. If they're slow or non-responsive we're stuck (as is everybody else in many cases). Ideally we should be offering matte screens as an example on the Snares model. We had them in fact, but the one factory which was producing them apparently stopped. We have no idea when they'll start producing again and while other companies were also using this screen they don't have them either. Nor is there any spare stock laying around in a warehouse somewhere we can snatch up. It's all dried up at this point. None the less we do have matte screens for the Emperor and the new Korora.

We also have UK, German, Spanish, French, and US layouts for the Snares:

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/snares-penguin-gnu-linux-notebook

We also have Spanish and US keyboard layouts for the Emperor:

https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/emperor-penguin-gnu-linux-notebook

axgb
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Beigetreten: 09/22/2013

AC adapters for different areas is a trivial issue. Plug adapters are easy to obtain, or if you are good at basic electrics you can just cut off the plug and install a new one for your area.

So do you have to go all through china, searching for the factory that supplies the part you want?

Also, out of interest, how big is your buisness? How many laptops do you sell each year?

Chris

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Beigetreten: 04/23/2011

Not sure where I implied AC adapters were non-trivial. I was speaking a bit broadly in regards to AC adapters though. There is technically one AC adapter for each model and it'll work just about anywhere provided it has the right cable. It's the cables we stock in a variety of flavours for the different regions we frequently ship to. Some of these are harder to get a hold of- but it's definitely trivial in the scheme of things. It's a standard part. It's just not stocked by that many companies and can take time to get a hold of if your just getting 1 piece. Obviously a local person in the region is going to have an easier time getting a hold of such a cable if there somewhat tech savvy.

The keyboards on the other hand are more non-trivial given the demand factor. If your not doing a significant quantity of business the cost (if you can get them manufactured) sky-rockets significantly. What would be an $8 part is now a $100 part. That can be as much profit as is on the laptop itself. From a business perspective that is definitely a non-trivial issue. Don't forget that these are low margin high cost items. There is an investment being made and labour costs. It could be significantly less than $100 after labour and other factors are factored in that are more non-trivial to factor. So I'm not really using the word profit well in this sentence..

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Beigetreten: 07/24/2010

What about proposing keyboard stickers for all the popular layouts? They cost a few boxes and you could substitute the infamous Windows key with a better one: https://www.thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/tux-super-key-keyboard-sticker

Chris

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Beigetreten: 04/23/2011

And here is one more:

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I'm a bit curious, Chris, but would it be feasible, at least in theory, to put an AMD processor requiring no blobs to use coreboot (if they exist) in a laptop and couple it with a GPU low-end enough that using the free drivers won't lose you too much performance compared to what the proprietary driver can do with the GPU (though it should still run Compiz Fusion at the very least), and market the resulting laptop below Emperor Penguin spec-wise, albeit just as big (or, if smaller, not by much) in dimesnsions?

Michał Masłowski

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Beigetreten: 05/15/2010

I believe it's strictly harder than making a desktop computer with an
AMD processor and fully free coreboot. This is possible if not having
graphics, while it needs removing e.g. CPU microcode updates, IMC
firmware, SMU firmware, XHCI firmware, etc (this removes features and
adds bugs).

Graphics needs including and running nonfree VGA BIOS or replacing
AtomBIOS with free code (no one did it, it might be hard and is
board-specific, there is also no 3d without harder reverse engineering
and replacement of its microcode; NVIDIA GPUs too have VGA BIOS, I don't
know what's needed to replace it), or getting a PCI-E VIA GPU with no 3d
acceleration supported (which includes a VGA BIOS which isn't needed for
coreboot nor kernel or X drivers).

Laptops might be harder. I'm personally more optimistic about ARM,
while all ARM laptops that I know about have bootloader blobs and
nonfree wifi firmware.