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"Talos™ is the world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the new, free-software friendly IBM POWER8 processor and architecture. Designed for security-conscious users requiring high performance, the flexible and extensible Talos™ mainboard includes two Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) capable slots; utilizes libre-toolchain FPGAs for system control and routing; provides a plethora of PCI Express slots; and includes a GPIO header for custom peripherals. Talos™ schematics and libre (fully open and auditable) firmware also are included."
Why POWER?
POWER is the only open, owner-controllable architecture that is competitive in performance. No other architecture comes close to POWER's unique advantages.
See a direct comparison of POWER8 with libre and non-libre systems.

Why Talos™?
Security-minded individuals and corporations can own a Talos™ Secure Workstation mainboard, complete with an entry-level 8-core 130W POWER8 CPU, heatsink / fan assembly, and ATX I/O shield, for around $3,700 USD. Because Talos™ is specifically designed for workstation use, you don't need to have a small server under your desk to realize the advantages of POWER8!

More Information
Please see our FAQ and preliminary specifications pages for more details. You also can join us on freenode IRC via our #talos-workstation channel. If you opt to purchase a more powerful POWER8 CPU (sold separately), the standalone Talos™ board and accessories (no CPU) may be purchased for around $2,700 USD.

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Talos™ Secure Workstation:
Preliminary Specifications Overview
  • 1 POWER8 SCM
    • 8, 10, and 12 core variants available (190W TDP)
    • 8 and 10 core variants also available in 130W TDP versions
    • Hardware virtualization (HVM, qemu supported)
    • POWER IOMMU
    • Vector Multimedia eXtension (VMX)
    • Vector Scalar eXtension (VSX)
    • AES acceleration for VMX / VSX
  • 8 DDR3 RDIMM slots w/ ECC support (2 memory controllers, 256GB maximum)
  • 2 x16 Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) capable PCIe slots (8 shared lanes)
  • 4 x8 PCIe slots
  • 1 x1 internal mPCIe slot
  • 1 legacy PCI slot
  • 6 internal SATA 6Gbps ports
  • 2 external eSATA 6Gbps ports
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 8x USB 3.0
  • 2 GbE ports
  • 2 external RS232 ports
  • 2 internal RS232 ports
  • 1 internal GPIO header
See the full Talos™ preliminary specifications and supported operating systems.

Raptor Engineering currently is gauging interest to determine if demand for the Talos™ Secure Workstation is sufficient to make manufacturing viable.

If a sufficient number of people are interested in purchasing the Talos™ mainboard, Raptor Engineering is committed to manufacturing it. A pre-order process will be used to verify interest before manufacture. A $1,000 USD down payment per unit will be required at actual pre-order. Help us reach our manufacturing goal by spreading the word about Talos™!

Source: https://www.raptorengineering.com/TALOS/prerelease.php

#bios #uefi #intel #amd #cpu #ibm #power8 #openpower #talos #pleaseshare #sharingiscaring
#managementengine #openhardware #raptorengineering #FreeSoftwareFoundation
#coreboot #libreboot #fsf #blob #proprietary #freesoftware #freehardware

 



"Talos™ is the world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the new, free-software friendly IBM POWER8 processor and architecture. Designed for security-conscious users requiring high performance, the flexible and extensible Talos™ mainboard includes two Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) capable slots; utilizes libre-toolchain FPGAs for system control and routing; provides a plethora of PCI Express slots; and includes a GPIO header for custom peripherals. Talos™ schematics and libre (fully open and auditable) firmware also are included."
Why POWER?
POWER is the only open, owner-controllable architecture that is competitive in performance. No other architecture comes close to POWER's unique advantages.
See a direct comparison of POWER8 with libre and non-libre systems.

Why Talos™?
Security-minded individuals and corporations can own a Talos™ Secure Workstation mainboard, complete with an entry-level 8-core 130W POWER8 CPU, heatsink / fan assembly, and ATX I/O shield, for around $3,700 USD. Because Talos™ is specifically designed for workstation use, you don't need to have a small server under your desk to realize the advantages of POWER8!

More Information
Please see our FAQ and preliminary specifications pages for more details. You also can join us on freenode IRC via our #talos-workstation channel. If you opt to purchase a more powerful POWER8 CPU (sold separately), the standalone Talos™ board and accessories (no CPU) may be purchased for around $2,700 USD.

Immagine/foto
Immagine/foto

Talos™ Secure Workstation:
Preliminary Specifications Overview
  • 1 POWER8 SCM
    • 8, 10, and 12 core variants available (190W TDP)
    • 8 and 10 core variants also available in 130W TDP versions
    • Hardware virtualization (HVM, qemu supported)
    • POWER IOMMU
    • Vector Multimedia eXtension (VMX)
    • Vector Scalar eXtension (VSX)
    • AES acceleration for VMX / VSX
  • 8 DDR3 RDIMM slots w/ ECC support (2 memory controllers, 256GB maximum)
  • 2 x16 Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (CAPI) capable PCIe slots (8 shared lanes)
  • 4 x8 PCIe slots
  • 1 x1 internal mPCIe slot
  • 1 legacy PCI slot
  • 6 internal SATA 6Gbps ports
  • 2 external eSATA 6Gbps ports
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 8x USB 3.0
  • 2 GbE ports
  • 2 external RS232 ports
  • 2 internal RS232 ports
  • 1 internal GPIO header
See the full Talos™ preliminary specifications and supported operating systems.

Raptor Engineering currently is gauging interest to determine if demand for the Talos™ Secure Workstation is sufficient to make manufacturing viable.

If a sufficient number of people are interested in purchasing the Talos™ mainboard, Raptor Engineering is committed to manufacturing it. A pre-order process will be used to verify interest before manufacture. A $1,000 USD down payment per unit will be required at actual pre-order. Help us reach our manufacturing goal by spreading the word about Talos™!

Source: https://www.raptorengineering.com/TALOS/prerelease.php

#bios #uefi #intel #amd #cpu #ibm #power8 #openpower #talos #pleaseshare #sharingiscaring
#managementengine #openhardware #raptorengineering #FreeSoftwareFoundation
#coreboot #libreboot #fsf #blob #proprietary #freesoftware #freehardware

 

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft unite: Data Transfer Project promises portability between services


https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/21/google-facebook-twitter-microsoft-unite-data-transfer-project-promises-portability-services/

#Google, #Facebook, #Twitter & #Microsoft, as a result of #GDPR, launch their #OpenSource #DataTransferProject to let you port your data among them.

But don't be fooled. Even if this becomes functional one day, it would still not change the fact that each one of them is a walled garden with #proprietary #centralized platforms fighting to become hegemonic in order to mine your private data.

Light years away from #FreeSoftware, #federated, open standard platforms.

 
“[…] in the #surveillance state in which we all now live, it is more important than ever to ensure that our #communication tools are secure and trustworthy. While it’s a good thing that apps such as Duo and WhatsApp are now using end-to-end #encryption — meaning third parties, including the company providing the service, should not be able to read, or listen to, what users are saying — using #proprietary software and protocols means that we have to place a certain degree of trust in companies such as Google and Facebook.

“Given that we know many of these companies have co-operated with government agencies — such as the National Security Agency #NSA — the recent news that #WhatsApp will be cross-referencing users’ phone numbers with #Facebook accounts and the fact that the proprietary nature of these applications means they are often less likely to undergo thorough #security audits, it’s hard to blindly trust these companies to keep our best interests and #privacy in mind.

“My solution to the problem of people being segregated on, often insecure, communications platforms is to buck the trend whenever possible and refuse to correspond using anything that isn’t open and secure. But this will only work if other people follow my lead.”

#SurveillanceCapitalism #FreeSoftware #free-software #standards

 
“[…] in the #surveillance state in which we all now live, it is more important than ever to ensure that our #communication tools are secure and trustworthy. While it’s a good thing that apps such as Duo and WhatsApp are now using end-to-end #encryption — meaning third parties, including the company providing the service, should not be able to read, or listen to, what users are saying — using #proprietary software and protocols means that we have to place a certain degree of trust in companies such as Google and Facebook.

“Given that we know many of these companies have co-operated with government agencies — such as the National Security Agency #NSA — the recent news that #WhatsApp will be cross-referencing users’ phone numbers with #Facebook accounts and the fact that the proprietary nature of these applications means they are often less likely to undergo thorough #security audits, it’s hard to blindly trust these companies to keep our best interests and #privacy in mind.

“My solution to the problem of people being segregated on, often insecure, communications platforms is to buck the trend whenever possible and refuse to correspond using anything that isn’t open and secure. But this will only work if other people follow my lead.”

#SurveillanceCapitalism #FreeSoftware #free-software #standards

 

Müesli #9



Users of proprietary software or services should always fear product discontinuation. If your business or private life depends on a product on that you do not have any say, worry! Facebook, GitHub, GMail, OSX, Sublime Text, Google Search, Final Cut, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, Whatsapp, Youtube - we need free and federated alternatives, so that we cannot be deprived easily from what we need by vendor lockin.

The basic needs for any being are air, water, and food, according to Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. (Wifi did not exist when he published his paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in 1943, but he also mentioned clothing, shelter, and sex.) I eat almost anything except animals, but müesli is crucial for my breakfast. Unfortunately, I was very fond of a proprietary müesli, Seitenbacher #552. Well, to cut a long story short, they recently declared the product end-of-life.

It could have been worse: I still had one unopened package! So I opened it carefully, copied the list of ingredients from the package and reverse engineered their proportions using a debugging aid, the kitchen scales. I could not get the exact quantities, but it was a good approximation for further engineering.

Later on I optimised the recipe, so that the sugar content does not exceed 10%, while still keeping price below 10€. Such optimisations are not possible with proprietary müesli mixes.

Here is the result, Müesli #9, v2, named after its nine ingredients:
  • coarse oat flakes, 250g
  • rye flakes, 250g
  • whole hazelnuts, 100g
  • whole almonds, 100g
  • sunflower seed, 100g
  • raisins, 50g
  • dried apple rings, chopped, 50g
  • dried apricot, chopped, 50g
  • whole cashew nuts, 50g
It tastes much better than the original, according to myself and the cats, and is free of spelt. The müeslis license is AGPL3.

#proprietary #discontinuation #freedom #vendorlockin #food #maslow #hieararchyofneeds #sex #müesli #muesli #müsli #endoflife #reverseengineering #debugging #Müesli#9 #recipe #cats