Highly hackable, open source laptop smashes crowdfunding goal #oshw

Highly hackable, open source laptop smashes crowdfunding goal.

A project to build a highly hackable, open source computer has raised $700,000 through crowd funding, more than twice its original goal.

The Novena is designed for modders who want to tinker with both the software and hardware inside their machine.

The device ships with a 1.2GHz Freescale quad-core iMX6 Arm-based CPU coupled with a Xilinx Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and a high speed I/O expansion header.

All the documentation for the printed circuit boards is open and free to download, the entire OS is buildable from source, and it comes with a variety of features that facilitate rapid prototyping.

A Crowd Supply campaign to fund the building of the laptop closed on Sunday, with backers pledging $702,445.

The Novena was devised by xobs and Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang, former hardware lead on the open source Chumby internet appliance, who last year described building a laptop as a “geek fantasy”.

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