Novena tries to be an open source computing platform. But so far it's only partially open source. Which parts are still not open source and have to be replaced to create a fully open source platform?

The Novena has abundance of documentation, but its mass is overwhelming and it is hard to understand without electronic engineering knowledge, for instance this schematic. So I find myself unable to extract the information to answer my question, although it is probably hidden in this documentation.

  • How can anyone outside their team answer this?
    – bmargulies
    Jul 11, 2015 at 18:08
  • @bmargulies: As their documentation is open, someone should be able to see what is covered and what not.
    – Mnementh
    Jul 11, 2015 at 18:10
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    Why do you want someone else to read their documentation for you and type an answer here?
    – bmargulies
    Jul 11, 2015 at 18:12
  • @Mnementh so you're inviting downvotes for lack of research ;-) Jul 11, 2015 at 18:12
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    @StephenKitt: So? Can you provide after two minutes googling a link that answers my question? The documentation contains wiring diagrams. I have difficulties reading this, as I'm not an electrical engineer.
    – Mnementh
    Jul 11, 2015 at 19:34

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The official website containing the documentation can be found here. It seems that they have not made official documentation yet.


The article you linked to, is over a year and a half old. Since then numerous other articles have been released saying it is now fully open source:

So to answer your question:

The entire laptop is open source - with one exception to this being the processor (a Cortex A9 CPU).

  • A Cortex A9 CPU is now open source? Somehow I doubt that.
    – Mnementh
    Jul 13, 2015 at 13:53
  • Ok, sorry did not see that.. Have double checked now.. and fixed the mistake Jul 13, 2015 at 14:06
  • Do you think the processor is the only exception? That was my question about, which parts are not. I'm unsure if these articles checked thoroughly.
    – Mnementh
    Jul 13, 2015 at 15:06
  • One of your articles write: "For now, the Novena is probably as close as it gets to a truly open source laptop" - as close as it gets != completely
    – Mnementh
    Jul 13, 2015 at 15:08
  • Yes I do think the processor is the only part. Jul 13, 2015 at 19:26

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