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Of course, EOMA68 is about more than just conveniently taking your computer with you because it is now small enough to fit in a wallet. Even if you do not intend to regularly move your computer card from device to device, it emphasises various sustainability issues such as power consumption (deliberately kept low), long-term support and matters of freedom (the selection of CPUs that completely support Free Software and do not introduce surveillance backdoors), and device longevity (that when the user wants to upgrade, they may easily use the card in something else that might benefit from it).
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can this even be considered news? crowdfunding projects are notorious for their delivery on the product. it might even be better off in rumours.
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Yeah, Free Software Foundation is very very strict on what they give Respects Your Freedom certification. For these guys to be going for it is news
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Yeah, Free Software Foundation is very very strict on what they give Respects Your Freedom certification. For these guys to be going for it is news

I've seen the most idiotic **** being picked up on by "reputable news sites" Like the "basslet" which is total BS
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Yeah amd this one actually deserves hype
but I think only Linux Magazine and Phoronix wrote articles on it from the "big guys"
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I can't see this taking off at all. How is this better than an Intel Compute Stick running Ubuntu 14.04? Looks like eoma68 would win on power consumption and more ram. Existing solutions seem more portable and feature better performance. It doesn't even win on price since you can find the Intel Linux based Compute Sticks for $55, although I guess that would change if it ever becomes a more mainstream standard. Open source seems important to the core of this project, yet Allwinner doesnt seem to be playing ball. If your not really getting open source anyway, it seems it would be infinitely smarter to go with Intel. Atleast the documentation and support would be top notch.

Maybe I'm missing the point but it seems like the Eoma68 project should be more about establishing a common standard/interface to share devices display/input/network capabilities instead of portable hardware. The portable hardware should be whatever flavor the individual prefers... Linux / Win10 / OS X ect.
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I can't see this taking off at all. How is this better than an Intel Compute Stick running Ubuntu 14.04? Looks like eoma68 would win on power consumption and more ram. Existing solutions seem more portable and feature better performance. It doesn't even win on price since you can find the Intel Linux based Compute Sticks for $55, although I guess that would change if it ever becomes a more mainstream standard. Open source seems important to the core of this project, yet Allwinner doesnt seem to be playing ball. If your not really getting open source anyway, it seems it would be infinitely smarter to go with Intel. Atleast the documentation and support would be top notch.

Maybe I'm missing the point but it seems like the Eoma68 project should be more about establishing a common standard/interface to share devices display/input/network capabilities instead of portable hardware. The portable hardware should be whatever flavor the individual prefers... Linux / Win10 / OS X ect.

I believe EOMA68 implementation is indeed a common standard, but this particular implementation is aiming for "Respect Your Freedom" certification, which Intel cannot claim given recent articles regarding certain backdoors in their processors. This implementation is also aiming to be as environmentally friendly as possible, which I don't think is a necessary aspect of EOMA68.

So they're really approaching this from a few angles.
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can this even be considered news? crowdfunding projects are notorious for their delivery on the product. it might even be better off in rumours.

This is way more interesting than seeing another "Windows 10 is raping your mother/sister/grandfather" thread.
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It's an interesting design; that A20 probably isn't going to give a very nice experience, but it's cheap, low power, and readily available (which is a big problem with ARM chips for small companies). An FSF endorsement of an Allwinner (aka the king of GPL violations) device would be kind of funny, though. The only real problem with this that I can see is the price: $1200 for what is essentially a 3D printed oversized netbook is kind of a tough sell, even with the upgradable internals and RYF certification. Fully free devices are always expensive, and even more so when mobile, but that seems over the top.
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Sixty five for the card
Fifteen for the cables
Ten bucks international shipping
so for ninety dollars you should be set, if you have a monitor already, or you want a low power headless unit.
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