User talk:MrNuke/LTS Candidates

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This page contains a series of potential candidates for a new Long-Term SUpport laptop.

Requirements:

RYF-certifiable

All blobs can be replaced with reasonable effort. The project does not have to start out RYF, but it must be possible to replace RYF-offending components (blobs) in a reasonable timeframe. For example, a VGA BIOS could be replaced with native init, whereas ME firmware cannot. All Intel-based systems are disqualified on this basis.

Sturdy

Won't come apart in the first years of use. It must be built to last.

Long shelf-life

Expected to be manufactured in large quantities, sold for at least 2 years. The idea is that there should be a large number of these systems around for years to come.

Cool factor

Must be attractive enough as a piece of hardware to attract users. It must be more than just a novelty item, and should serve reasoably well as a day-to-day laptop.

15.6" screen candidates

HP Probook 655 G1

Beefiness CPU cpufreq MSRP NRBSPU
Beefy A10-5750M 4 x 2.5 $ 1080 1.0
Bacony A8-5550M 4 x 2.1 $ 810 0.84
Vegetarian A4-5150M 2 x 2.7 $ 650 0.54

HP ProBook 455 G1

Beefiness CPU cpufreq MSRP NRBSPU
Bacony A8-5550M 4 x 2.1 $ 600 0.84
Grinded A6-5350M 2 x 2.9 $ 540 0.58
Vegetarian A4-5150M 2 x 2.7 $ 500 0.54

HP 255 G2

Beefiness CPU cpufreq MSRP NRBSPU
Grinded A6-5200 4 x 2.0 $ 590 0.80
Vegetarian A4-5000 4 x 1.5 $ 500 0.60

14.0" screen candidates

HP ProBook 645 G1

Beefiness CPU cpufreq MSRP NRBSPU
Beefy A10-5750M 4 x 2.5 $ 1070 1.0
Bacony A8-5550M 4 x 2.1 $ 800 0.84
Vegetarian A4-5150M 2 x 2.7 $ 640 0.54

13.3" screen candidates

Samsung Chromebook 2

Beefiness CPU cpufreq MSRP NRBSPU
Vegetarian Exynos 8 x ?? $ ???  ??

11.6" screen candidates

HP 215 G1

Beefiness CPU cpufreq MSRP NRBSPU
Grinded A6-1450 4 x 1.4 $ 470 0.56
Vegetarian A4-1250 4 x 1.0 $ 400 0.40

HP Chromebook 11

Beefiness CPU cpufreq MSRP NRBSPU
Vegetarian ARM!!!  ?? $ 300  ??

Rating system

Beefiness:

  • Beefy: Expected to have great performance and responsiveness
  • Bacony: Expected to have reasonable performance
  • Grinded: Expected to be usable; possibly outperforms chromebooks
  • Vegetarian: Expected to be have chromebook-like performance.

(*) NRBSPU is a Normalized Relative BS Performance Unit, which shall be taken to represent a non-scientific relative performance number between CPUs. It's most likely worthless.

Possible issues

Exynos CPUs

These CPUs use a PowerVR graphics core. The specification is closed and there are currently no free drivers for the graphics part.

AMD APUs

The integrated graphics processors in these APUs require non-free microcode to work. It is unclear if the display can function without such microcode.