Check out this beautiful DIY circular screen terminal using a Mainboard Framework

Beautiful DIY PCs are easily some of the coolest machines on the market. They show the ingenuity and imagination of individuals who manage to do something just for fun. This leads to the most adorable and least practical PC builds, which is also why they are the best.

Products like the Raspberry Pi made wacky DIY computers a much more viable feat, leading to cool builds like the Chonky Palmptop with its flip out keyboard. now thanks to Framework, a company that sells modular laptops, builders have even more options. Framework not only offers fully built laptopsbut recently started offering pieces like laptop motherboards as an independent purchase.

seen by Liliputing, a hardware DIYer named Penk turned one of these motherboards into a sweet-looking terminal. While generally intended for upgrading an existing Framework laptop, these little modules seem to work just fine as a computer in its own right. So Pent decided to put one in an elegant 3D-printed box.

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The case has references to retrofuturism popular in many DIY projects, but it stands out thanks to its circular screen. It looks a bit like something straight out of Bioshock, or maybe a reimagined version of the old PDP-1. In fact, Penk’s creation looks a bit like a handrail clock that had a sordid affair with an IBM keyboard, before giving rise to this Terminal Mainboard.

The screen is actually a 5-inch 1080p LCD, which Penk says made some tweaks in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS to work in circular mode. Fortunately, since the motherboard itself was designed to be a modern laptop, getting the operating system itself to work was no big deal.

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The ease of implementation makes me think we might see a lot more cool DIY projects like this one in the future. It’s not as cheap an option as a Raspberry Pi, or as small, but it does give people some extra options, especially if they’re looking for a little more grunt. If you want some tips before embarking on a DIY adventure like this, check out Penk’s github page about how this Motherboard Terminal was made.

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