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    Makes free and open source modular computing platform… uses Chrome.

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      Perhaps the project is more about the hardware than the software.

      Anyway, from what I gathered, I think you can run almost any Linux distro you want, and whichever packages you want?

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        Scroll to the bottom. Maybe that picture is just showing that it comes with enough RAM to run Chrome.

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          That was striking to me as well.

          I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt: it’s possible that this was some kind of deliberate marketing decision.

          But, it’s also possible that the whole project is less libre and more “open source”…

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            What do you suggest instead?

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              Firefox.

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                You think it would be better if the default browser sent all the DNS traffic to Cloudflare?

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                  Sadly, that’s “better”, since the alternative is sending it to google (who will definitely use it for ‘advertising’/spying/etc). At least with Firefox, you can disable that ‘feature’. You have no choice with chrome.

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                Chromium? Firefox?

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                  You’re complaining because they’re demoing Chrome and not Chromium? Is Chromium any more open source than Chrome is?

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                    Yes, Chromium is more open source than Chrome is.

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                      Chrome is essentially a build of Chromium. The development of Chrome is founded in Chromium’s development process, Chrome’s releases are based on Chromium’s releases, and Chrome’s version numbers are based on Chromium’s version numbers. Chrome is not a modified version of Chromium.

                      Chrome contains additional proprietary components like the update system and certain media codecs, but so does Firefox in the exact same manner. No one would reasonably claim Firefox’s build more open source than the Firefox.

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              zge, how are you related to MNT Research (show tag implies some relation)? Just curious.

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                Oops, I’m not related, I added the tag to indicate that this isn’t an article. imo there’s only a relation when the link is “authored” by me, not “via”, but if that’s not how most people see it, I’d gladly remove the tag.

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                  I’ve suggested the removal of the tag… that seems to have triggered its removal.

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                    Take a look at the rule on Show HN, where this originated. Looking at recent submissions tagged “show”, I believe most people are using the tag in that sense.

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                  Sadly this is using a ARMv7 CPU which is a 32-bit architecture and not a AArch64 CPU..

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                    the second revision is using an i.MX8M so should be 64-bit: https://mntre.com/media/news_md/2019-05-20-reintroducing-reform.html

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                      Nice, that’s the same processor (family at least) as the Librem 5.. theoretically it should be possible to run distros that support that (currently best supported being PureOS, but also some others like postmarketOS) on the laptop without making major changes too!