We are building a solidarity based purchasing group to pay an innovative manufacturer and designer (through some commission) to build a PowerPC notebook and together we are looking for a fair price for everyone (a point of convergence between the amount needed to develop the manufacturer and the price the customers will pay).
The choice of a small manufacturer is both an ethical one and a forced one. It follows the paradigms of a collaborative economy in which a capital accumulation is not the reference value where there is passion, collaboration, and where the manufacturer has a modest benefit (enough for its financial stability).
In such economy customers can define the characteristics of the final product having a direct contact with the manufacturer. Customers then become an important part of the manufacturer economy taking care of its development.
This challenge was taken by a hardware manufacturer who is an actor of this project. The manufacturer takes part of this project obviously not for some profit but because they have interest in such challenge.
The motherboard will be designed and built in Italy by this manufacturer whereas the rest of the notebook will be purchased in batch from an ODM (standard 15″ notebook created for the x86, hopefully without the x86 motherboard).
Creating a brand new notebook chassis from scratch in small numbers is not financially possible. The manufacturer is designing a PowerPC motherboard targetting an existing mainstream chassis.
This community we are shaping up around this project is not just a purchasing group because not only we will fund the project, we’ll help design this notebook and we’ll take care of operating systems porting like GNU/Linux.
This community will tell about this project to the more people so that we are enough people to push the project forward.
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