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I am in need of a desktop PC made only of Free and Open hardware components.

If I could be sure that such a thing is possible, I'd even be willing to build it myself; however, I can find no guides on Google on how to determine if this motherboard is open, or if that adapter released its firmware source.

I'm particularly interested in hardware that does not impede my ability to install my own firmware. Open hardware schematics are not necessarily a requirement.

How would you go about accomplishing this task?

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    Your definition of "Free and Open Hardware components" is components that have both (1) open hardware schematics and (2) free software drivers, correct? – apsillers Jul 13 '16 at 16:29
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    @apsillers: Hmm...When you put it that way, I guess it would be "hardware that does not impede my ability to install my own firmware". I'm not sure if open hardware schematics are a necessary part of that. – Noob Saibot Jul 13 '16 at 16:33
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    @NoobSaibot Your question has already got one close vote from someone for being unclear, so I've edited your definition of 'free and open' into your question. Feel free to edit again (or rollback) if I've misinterpreted your position. And, welcome to Open Source.SE. – Tim Malone Jul 13 '16 at 21:50
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    @Ziz it's one thing to not know every legal implication, but this is a recommendation question! People would give two completely different answers depending on whether the licensing of the hardware needs to be considered or not. – curiousdannii Jul 13 '16 at 22:26
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    I think it's an interesting question. Although not entirely clear, I believe it's clear enough to be answerable. Possible one of those questions where a good answer would point to the question OP would ask if they knew what to ask, but they don't, so they ask the question they asked. ++ – RubberDuck Jul 14 '16 at 1:39
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I suggest taking a look at EOMA68 computer cards. They're expected to receive RYF certification, and you can order a desktop housing kit to go with yours.

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I've just discovered the FSF Guide on Free Hardware. It appears to provide just enough information to make some informed decisions on hardware.

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    This is in no way a suitable answer for this site. Without the link, your answer is a comment. Don't forget, you can always quote content from another site and include it in your answer. – Zizouz212 Jul 16 '16 at 20:21
  • The information in that link says its hardware that supports GNU/Linux. It makes no mention about the openness of the hardware itself. Could be a good answer, but needs flushed out a bit. – RubberDuck Jul 16 '16 at 22:22

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