Fri 16 Aug 2013
This machine isn’t your standard corporate-issue device, but a machine that from top to bottom is open in its design.
Every component in Huang’s laptop, known as the Novena, is open. Datasheets describing the design and workings of each component – from the motherboard, through to the ports and various processors – is documented and freely available online. Anyone with the expertise can build a complete firmware for each component from source.
The question is why did Huang, former hardware lead on the open source Chumby internet appliance, decide to do it?