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Novena: Open Source Hardware laptop launches!

Drew F.
user 11663039
Chicago, IL
Post #: 66
Open Source Hardware laptop from Bunnie has launched! Hackaday reports:

[Bunnie] Launches the Novena Open Laptop­
Today [Bunnie] is announcing the launch of the Novena Open Laptop. When we first heard he was developing an open source laptop as a hobby project, we hoped we’d see the day where we could have our own. Starting today, you can help crowdfund the project by pre-ordering a Novena.

The Novena is based on the i.MX6Q ARM processor from Freescale, coupled to a Xilinx Spartan 6 FPGA. Combined with the open nature of the project, this creates a lot of possibilities for using the laptop as a hacking tool. It has dual ethernet, for routing or sniffing purposes. USB OTG support lets the laptop act as a USB device, for USB fuzzing and spoofing. There’s even a high speed expansion bus to interface with whatever peripheral you’d like to design.

The crowd funding campaign has kicked off on Crowd Supply:

Crowd Supply: Novena
A new open-hardware computing platform, flexible and powerful, designed for use as a desktop, laptop, or standalone board.

It looks like its off to a strong start. Already at $57,715 raised of $250,000 goal with 45 days left.
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