MNT Reform: A Fully Open Source Laptop

MNT Reform: A Fully Open Source Laptop

Crowdfunding site Crowdsupply.com has a interesting new project that’s received a lot of backing. The project, MNT Reform, is a laptop computer. That may seem kind of odd in this time where tablets and smartphones are all the rage, but the Reform is not targeted at everyday consumers. It is a notebook PC that fully complies to open source hardware standards. In other words, the battery, camera, keyboard, GPU, display, charger, and all the other components are fully-compliant with open source standards allowing 100% user serviceability. Each component is on its own daughterboard, making it easy to replace or upgrade, similar to PCs of old. The completed units will ship with Debian Linux pre-installed. The Reform is powered by an ARM CPU running at 1.5 GHz and 4 GB of DDR4 memory.

The crowdfunding campaign went live earlier this month and has already surpassed its goal of $115,000. A number of pledges are available ranging from $40-$1500. The higher pledges include a complete laptop of various storage capacities. There’s also an option to buy the raw motherboard or even a simple T-shirt for those who want to help but can’t afford a larger pledge. See all the option on the projects Crowdsupply page.

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