System76 wants to make the perfect mechanical keyboard: it will be customizable and, above all, Open Source
What should the perfect keyboard look like? That is what the engineers at System76, a well-known company in the United States that have been working on a unique project for months, have tried to answer.
That keyboard, these engineers claim, will be mechanical, but above all it will be customizable and Open Source: From the schematics for their construction to the firmware, they are available to everyone so that anyone can take advantage of them, improve them and share the result.
Open Source also conquers our peripherals
System76 is a well-known company in the United States for being one of the few that for years opted to offer laptops and PCs based on Linux.
This commitment has continued over time, and for a long time System76 already declared their intention to create the prototypes and the manufacturing processes to develop your own keyboards.
After several weeks posting messages on social networks with some details, these days have posted on GitHub the “launch” repository of these keyboards, in which is practically everything necessary to create what they call the System76 Launch Configurable Keyboard.
It’s clear from the project description how hard they have gone to make the keyboard as customizable as possible. The aluminum chassis has some small supports that allow you to tilt it 15 ° for better ergonomics, and the keyboard layout can be changed to suit all kinds of needs, as demonstrated your editor.
It also has interchangeable keys (keycaps) and also switches that we can choose Among all those who use the MX system (such as Cherry MX RGB or Kaihl BOX, they indicate as an example).
The printed circuit that is the base of the keyboard is also Open Source, and the keyboard has several USB ports to act as a hub, N-Key rollover support and also a separate RGB lighting system.
The last detail is also important: the firmware is based on QMK and is Open Source, being able to modify and reprogram it to fit any specific need.
It is not known when the finished model will be available, but it’s probably not cheap (especially for that aluminum chassis), that there are not excessive units available and that it is somewhat more difficult to obtain outside the United States, which is where it will be manufactured.
Even so, we are facing a really fantastic project because it can give rise to similar efforts derived from it. with traditional code “forks” that are made from projects with Open Source software.