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Novena Open Source Laptop Fundraiser: Ctrl+A

by Lambert Varias

Hackers Bunnie Huang and Sean “xobs” Cross have launched a fundraiser for their open source laptop, the Novena. It looks very different from its prototype, but the idea behind it remains the same: a computer with transparent and easily modifiable hardware and software.

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The Novena comes in four platforms. There’s a barebones board…

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a compact desktop version with an easy access case, a 13.3″ 1080p TFT LCD screen, internal accessory connectors and an LVDS to eDP adapter board…

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a laptop version which mainly adds a battery pack and a 240GB SSD to the desktop version…

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and a high-end Heirloom version put together by custom gadget and furniture maker Kurt Mottweiler. It’s based on the laptop version but has a handcrafted wood and aluminum case, a Lenovo Trackpoint Bluetooth keyboard, a 480GB Intel 730 SSD.

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As you can see the standard desktop and laptop versions don’t have a keyboard included and have a reverse clamshell design. This makes it easier to access the Novena’s internals and keeps them well-ventilated. The cases of the laptop and desktop also have what Bunnie and xobs call Peek Arrays, which are M2.5 mounting holes for installing additional circuit boards and other parts.

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Finally, the panel with matching port holes is replaceable. If you reconfigured the Novena board and ended up with a different arrangement or lineup of ports, you can replace the vanilla panel with one that matches your rig.

Head to Crowd Supply to pledge or learn more about Novena. Pledge $500 (USD) and you get the board as a reward, pledge $1,195 for the desktop, pledge $1,995 for the laptop and finally pledge $5,000 for the Heirloom laptop.

[via MAKE]



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