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    This is awesome, but for me, price will always be an issue with these types of things. When I’m spending $1000+, it better be worth it for me.

    Though, the “hackability” of it is really really cool. I’d love to be able to change my laptop screen, keyboard, etc.

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      Bunnie designed this laptop for his own personal use, so unless you are a hardware hacker like him and are excited by the prospect of a laptop that comes with an FPGA and GPIO expansion headers, it’d probably not be worth it for you.

      Personally, I find the Novena pretty cool, but I’d rather stick to my regular laptop and connect to my FPGA dev board over the UART.

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        Not into hardware much at all, but the idea of having something that gives me a bit more control is definitely nice. I think the philosophy can grow into something really cool.

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          I tend to put more money into those projects than I would on other projects (I did pick up a couple of the Yeelong netbooks). I very much prefer systems where I have more control over the hardware.

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            Yes, of course. There is definitely value added.

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          At least one downside of this type of hardware: Pray the T-SA doesn’t ask to look at your laptop when getting on a plane. The guy in the seat next to you may look at you funny, too.

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            On my last flight, I had a hardware prototype I was working in my checked bag (arduino + breadboard + prototyping paraphenalia); on both the outbound and return flights, that bag was searched.

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              When I flew to Europe with 17 different arm boards I was expecting the bag to get flagged, seized, searched, confiscated etc, but it went right through and no one said a thing.

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        Some more nitty-gritty details about the laptop are here.

        I love this:

        The Novena Power Management Board (PMB) contains an STM32 ARM processor (STM32F101x8) with 64 KiB of flash and 10 KiB of RAM.

        The board runs off serial port ttymxc3. To communicate with the board, run:

        sudo screen /dev/ttymxc3 115200

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          Bunnie runs his own blog that has a few articles from early on in this project.


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            Making your own, custom laptop obviously seems expensive and difficult, but it seems plausible to design a laptop and fund it’s manufacturing through KickStarter.