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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Saving up for Laptop, Free Software Discussion

From: Fabian Rodriguez
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Saving up for Laptop, Free Software Discussion
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 07:12:57 -0400
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Le 2016-10-25 à 16:05, Adri S. a écrit :
> I would keep an eye on EOMA68 project. I've bought a micro-desktop for
> crowdsourcing the idea.
> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 1:06 PM, Felix Posselt <
> <>> wrote:
>     Im not sure if i found the Computer you are talking about, but i
>     found a Laptop with the name Lenovo ThinkPad P70
>     1. The Bios won't be free. I guess you know.
>     2. Your workstation seems to have a thunderbolt. I am not sure,
>     but arent these proprietary?
>     3. Your Graphicscard has an official linux-driver (non-free) and
>     it also seems to have a free Linux driver
>     All in all it seems to be able to run GNU/Linux
>     The questions that remains is, why you would spend that much money
>     on a computer.
>     Unless you do some really extraordinary heavy work on that thing,
>     or plan to run a server for several thousand users, i don't know
>     how a Computer of that price range is going to have an advantage
>     over some consumer high end with an i7 6700K processor.
>     If I found the wrong specs, please give us more details about the
>     machine, and maybe plans on using it.
>     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>     *Von:* Andri Effendi <
>     <>>
>     *An:*
>     <>
>     *Gesendet:* 16:30 Montag, 24.Oktober 2016
>     *Betreff:* [libreplanet-discuss] Saving up for Laptop, Free
>     Software Discussion
>     Hello All,
>     Just want to put this idea out there and question for discussion.
>     I am setting this goal that with in the next 3 – 5 years I will have
>     $10,000 AUD saved up to buy a luxury laptop workstation.
>     I want to save up for the absolute best computer that money can buy
>     because I want to have real computing power. :)
>     The computer I am looking at is the Lenovo Think Pad P70, or its
>     future
>     equivalent since I have to save up a lot of money first.
>     I know that by the time that I have saved enough money, there will
>     be a
>     different model available.
>     Now what I want to ask you folks…
>     Assuming I have saved the money needed for this computer, will I
>     be able
>     to run Trisquel or an equivalent fully Free Software OS on it?
>     One thing that sits back in my mind is that WIFI will not work.
>     I don’t want to be dreaming about buying a $10,000 computer if I won’t
>     be able to run Free Software on it.
>     Does anyone have any suggestions or comments?

Perhaps another possibility would be:

- Get a Libreboot laptop and upgrade its screen to 1080p (X200 or T400)
- Get an EOMA68 workstation when / if it comes out
- For light work, use the laptop as is
- For heavy stuff, connect to external docking/display(s) and remote
into EOMA68 as necessary

The above would compromise on performance but would depend on connectivity.


Fabián Rodríguez

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