Free 500 USD laptop proposal

Paul van der Vlis paul at
Mon Nov 24 13:12:58 UTC 2014

Op 24-11-14 om 13:28 schreef Neal H. Walfield:
> At Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:39:09 +0100,
> Paul Hänsch wrote:
>> Paul van der Vlis <paul at>, Sun 2014-11-23 23:06:
>>> u-open-to-the-core-laptop
>> I don't get this point:
>> ""quote --
>> - 128 GB SSD (this would be the one component that might have to be 
>> proprietary as I’m not aware of another option)
>> -- ""
>> Don't notebook SSDs appear as standerdised SATA disks these days? I've 
>> never experienced any trouble with this class of device. Could imagine 
>> that the internal ROM firmware is proprietary, but this should be the 
>> case for a lot of the components (even when the loadable part of the 
>> firmware is free).
> Don't trust a hard drive to not modify the data in flight:

This link:
is about SD cards and what's dangerous about them. But what you can do
with SD cards you can do with SSDs and USB sticks too, I would say.

And think about removing data what's in bad blocks. I think it's not
possible to remove that data without destroying the SSD. An SSD could
even copy all your data to hidden parts.

I would like SSD's without a controller, where the OS is reponseable for
bad-block mapping and wear leveling. Or SSD's with open source firmware.

See here a list of the tasks of the processor in a SSD:

With regards,
Paul van der Vlis.

> Neal
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