i.MX6 uses ARM Cortex-A9 which is very different from ARM9.
However, I'm not against laptops intrinsically, and if someone could make a modular one I'm all for it. When paired with a docking station connected to multiple monitors, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc then laptops lose most of their downsides in terms of productivity and ergonomics.
My love of mechanical keyboards is a limiting factor, of course, but this keyboard looks half way decent.
I agree on the trackball.
I'm interested in having something like a XD75RE ortholinear keyboard on it. Using all 1x1 keys should simplify the build.
Pure opensource device would be really nice, i am not willing to waste money on MS Surface(it can run linux well, and i can use my keyboard with it) or experiment with low powered cheap raspberry, should be enough for typing notes, communication, and vim, something more powerful with proper keyboard, or just a tablet would be perfect for me
> We have no mechanical challenges now, but still using misaligned, less usable keyboards, why?
Inertia. And I have trouble finding an intuitive reason why an aligned grid would make typing easier; just sounds like something slightly different for my muscle memory to adjust to. I can imagine something like the combination of aligned keys spread into a slight arc shape being nicer, just because of the angles involved.
Biggest downside of regular keyboard - spacebar lots of useless space, put 5 buttons instead of one, your thumb can push a lot of buttons while other fingers do not leave home row, make 2 of them space, shift, ctrl, backspace buttons under your thumb. This is main reason ErgoDox or Kinesis are good, and regular backspace and return key position sucks, keeping index finger on J while pressing Backspace with pinky is a challenge that moves your palm.
I may have to try building one of these sometime though.
If size and weight is not a big problem you can just buy a bunch of old Lenovo T410/T420/T510/T520 from Craigslist/ebay. They are fully serviceable and you can replace all the parts on your own
I'm not concerned with weight so much as having at least a 1080p screen. I find anything smaller makes it harder to actually get much done without a second monitor. I guess I'm spoiled a little since I have a triple-monitor setup for work most of the time.
I've been inspired by this:https://gizmodo.com/heres-a-pretty-legit-gibsonian-cyberdeck...
And I love this. I would buy one in a heartbeat
Speaking of, I really would love if someone assembled a tiny computer with an USB C socket on one end and an M.2 key M (just PCIe 2.0 x2 is enough) with a simple copying firmware thus creating an external enclosure for M.2 key M disks. As Intel does not allow selling Thunderbolt enclosures empty there really is no other way. But, this could work and while 10 gbps is not the fastest, it's still quite a bit faster than 6 gbps SATA... Right now, the cheapest you can get is the BOXNUC7I3BNK and then probably run networking over Thunderbolt which is stupidly limited to 10gbps as well...
The Pandora and upcoming Pyra don't have FOSS GPU drivers available at all, though. The Pandora is ridden with GPU bugs because the current GPU drivers were never properly supported and have some broken OpenGL implementation.
It seems to me a lot of work to assemble even the keyboard, switch by switch and cap by cap...
For a small project I made (using an old decommissioned "thin client") I used and el-cheapo (paid it some 5 Euro) mini USB keyboard, and while surely it is not a model M, it feels much better than a number of "recent" laptop keyboards (with 0 or almost 0 key travel) I happened to try.
I want to turn my 60% keyboard into a C64 clone and the full keyboard would have fit in there. also would have just used an ipad for a screen.
Additionally, how would you link the iPad display linked to an i.MX board in the first place? Some kind of remote desktop app? Sounds like a terrible solution to me...
Open source display adapters do exist: https://hackaday.com/2014/03/12/an-open-source-ipad-display-...
Seems that the firmware for this cheaper alternative is not open source but from what I gather it doesn't need any proprietary drivers on Linux. Since it interfaces over Display Port and USB I don't think it should be able to do anything nasty so the closed firmware doesn't matter much IMO.
It's not clear to me whether either of the one you linked and the one I linked has touch support.
A lot of big PC manufacturers really shouldn't bother putting trackpads on their computers until they manage to manufacture or source a decent quality one.
I can imagine having a sliding panel in that area that closes securely and seamlessly - so as to blend nicely with the casing.
Needs just a bit more aesthetics, compute* and ios.