[oshug] OSH SSDs

Justin Cormack justin at specialbusservice.com
Wed Sep 14 21:05:33 UTC 2016

Unfortunately those projects were based on now unavailable hardware. There
is nothing useful available now that I know of alas...

On 14 Sep 2016 21:45, "J. R. Haigh" <james.r.haigh at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Andrew,
> On 14 September 2016 20:59:55 BST, Andrew Back <arback at computer.org>
> wrote:
> >On 14 September 2016 at 20:06, J. R. Haigh <james.r.haigh at gmail.com>
> >wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >> . Does anyone know whether any OSH solid-state drive project has come
> >to
> >> fruition?
> >
> >Not that I know of.
> .       Btw., several months ago, I heard someone chatting about some
> possible project on some IRC channel, but I can't remember the name of it
> or who was doing it. It was someone's university project, iirc., and was
> apparently months off being anywhere close to usable. Presumably it didn't
> make it otherwise we'd have probably heard of it.
> >> I'd like to get a 512GiB or 1TiB, 2.5in SSD, but I like to support
> >> OSH projects where possible and I don't like that modern drives have
> >> processors more powerful than my X60 Tablet, with nonlibre firmware,
> >and
> >> perform tasks that should be the responsibility of the filesystem,
> >such as
> >> deduplication, compression, encryption, and wear-levelling.
> >
> >Agreed, the power they have combined with the lack of transparency is
> >a concern.
> >
> >An open source hardware PCB assembly with proprietary silicon and open
> >firmware would seem plausible. However, a fully open source SoC
> >complete with all the necessary controllers, would be a different
> >matter and we're probably some way off having all the building blocks.
> .       As always, I try to keep taking steps – OSH PCB and libre firmware
> but with proprietary silicon is a big step forward from the
> fully-proprietary drives that I currently use. Even if you knew of non-OSH
> SSDs with libre firmware, that'd be a step forward for me.
> >> . If there isn't, then at least I'm expressing the interest such that
> >> someone thinking of making OSH SSDs knows that there's a market for
> >them. I
> >> currently have an old SSD of about 117GiB (iirc.), so the minimum
> >capacity
> >> that I'd upgrade to is 256GiB, but I'd much prefer 512GiB or more.
> >I'd hope
> >> for a price, including shipping within/to Britain and tax, that is
> >not more
> >> than 1.5× more than nonOSH of equivalent storage capacity.
> >
> >It's a nice idea in an age where it feels like we have increasingly
> >less trust for such components. I shouldn't be surprised if we don't
> >see a crowdfunding campaign for something along those lines soon :o)
> .       Thanks, please keep us posted with any news on OSH SSD projects
> that emerge.
> Thank you,
> James R. Haigh.
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