A PC with vintage looksOctober 8, 2019 at 8:15pm
Imagine a Commodore64 but with a small screen in it and an inbuilt mechanical keyboard. It has killswitches for WiFi, camera,, bluetooth, etc. Users will have choice to install Windows or Gnu+Linux with libreboot. Some more features like fingerprint reader, thunderbolt3, etc. Configs be like: i7 16gb with 256gb SSD, a dedicated AMD Graphics card. It will have 2 modes to boot in:
- a regular Windows PC with coreboot
- a custom 16bit OS, may be RiscOS or Haiku(based on BeOS) or some fork of Amiga
This can be a nostalgiac gaming machine
October 8, 2019 at 8:32pm
The only trouble with what you just described is just a prettier version of the Purism line of ... rather failed laptops. Basically that except for more expensive to make. It's also worth noting that just to make Those work, we had to disable most of what makes an i7 worth anything, as well as use non-proprietary drivers for the graphics card. On the Windows side of things, there's essentially nothing to be done for security to begin with.
But I have to wonder; whose question are you answering with this? What need is it filling? It seems incredibly specific; is this nostalgia, or security, or privacy, or performance? And Amiga somehow? I'd like to hear of many of these concepts standing alone.
October 12, 2019 at 6:06pm
reviving an old platform is painful. I think few people will still love to use it.
The killswitches are there in it for security purpose. The whole cabinet can be connected to a monitor. People can play games in Windows. The other 16bit mode is mainly to enjoy games and applications of old platforms. I've used Haiku Beta for sometime, it was pretty stable. So, those non-proprietary drivers aren't that unstable.
There are people like me who loves alternate platforms and are ready to buy one. I know such community will be small. My aim is to promote different kind of Operating Systems and I like gadgets which respects user's privacy. I think it's a combination of multiple ideas and can be decomposed for good. It's my fantasy system.