Nanonote End of life

hellekin hellekin at gnu.org
Wed Feb 12 12:52:45 EST 2014


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Here is some salt to the salad:

1. The FSF has been lurking on an ARM-based SoC with only one
component left to liberate: the video decoder. (I hope that) work is
underway to provide this last bit of software. The SoC model is based
on Freescale I.MX6 processor family.

So you're probably competing at least against the Wandboard[0].
Anything less than that is likely to cost more to produce and probably
won't attract nor convince anyone but <10K hardware hackers.

2. One thing that hardware freedom can do that a megacorp cannot is
design for durability and extensibility instead of designing for
planned obsolescence.

IMO, Ben's successor should be not planned as an encased nano-computer
but as an extensible and hackable platform. The case should be one of
the ways to use it, maybe its default form factor, but should not be
the only one. I.e., it should be repurposable as a network device
(maybe a Freedom Box?), a wearable glue machine, a thing-of-the
Internet, an Arduino for adults: in brief, it should be able to have
sex with other Bens and make chipdren.

3. Production shouldn't start unless there are already *at least*
10,000 units pre-ordered, and there should be an easy plan to make it
dead simple to adapt the design to new demand. Of course, when talking
about hardware it's pretty much a conundrum or a puzzle, as you see fit.
Still, it's easier to sell future extensibility than future obsolescence.

4. Its production should not depend on a single person / entity that
assumes all risk. That has proven to fail. If the world is not ready
for freedom, you won't force it. Remember: worse is better ;o)

==
hk

[0] http://www.wandboard.org/index.php/buy
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