Make the new demo Laptop AMD based, people would take note of Haiku running on a desktop replacement. Some of the Mobile APU U series AMD laptops would also make good mobile development laptops also. The question can I buy fast hardware that just works is a legitimate question for people. I think it’s fine to demo on slow PCs also just to show that hey… it isn’t bloated.
Acer Helios 500
I am still offering to send a desktop x370 ITX board + Ryzen 1700x + heatsink + Athlon 200GE + RX460 GPU to any serious Haiku developer wanting to get all this working solidly, I can send a set of ram also. I might throw it in a cheap Mattrexx 55 case too and ship it in the case box… with a 550w PSU if that is further incentive. Whichever CPU you decide you could keep it would be nice to get the 2nd one back after testing though to go back in my system (planning on turning my old spare board into a NAS). Can also throw in NVMe ssd if you are interested in working on that. Or a SATA one if you don’t have a spare.
Current status AFAIK is that desktop Ryzen works but only with 4GB ram limit set. APU Ryzen does not work AFAIK yet. Vega integrated graphics probalby don’t work, and the RX460 may only work in Vesa I want to say the radeon_hd driver does pick it up though). I have several RX460 available so just holler at me if you just want one of those. I’m planning on updating the board to AGESA PinnaclePi 126.96.36.199 and so it should be able to OC the 200ge to 3.7-3.9 also.
Note with can do this via private message so people aren’t pestering you about if it’s working yet etc… no pressure, just free hardware to hack on.