Raptor computing is one of a handful of companies working in the completely libre computing niche. Their working specifically with the PowerPC architecture. Power7 and Power8 are interesting and clever architectures, but all known hardware implementations are enterprise server class or higher.
Which basically means while Raptor is interesting and does good work most of their products is priced beyond my realm of immediate cares. And outside of most consumers.
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Raptor Computing is scheduled to deliver a keynote tomorrow at tomorrow’s OpenPOWER Summit. And their twitter is absolutely giddy over some sort of surprise they have planned.
A few people asked if it was some sort of laptop; and they were quick to shoot that down. It would be interesting to me though if it were just any consumer priced PowerPC CPU or board though. That would be very interesting progress from them on the libre computer front.
Unrelated / Related : https://www.powerpc-notebook.org