There are laptops that run open source software. And then there’s the Olimix Teres I laptop, which is not only designed to run Linux-based software, but which features open source hardware: you can find the CAD files necessary to build your own laptop at the project’s github page.
In fact, even if you buy the laptop from Olimex, you’ll still sort of have to build it yourself: the company is selling the Teres I as a DIY laptop kit that includes all the parts, but which requires you to assemble the laptop yourself.
Olimex plans to begin selling kits soon for 225 Euros (about $240).
The hardware design has been completed, and Olimex plans to show off the Teres I at the FOSDEM conference in Brussels this weekend. But the developers are still working on the software for the laptop.
When fully assembled, the Teres I is a small, low-power laptop with an ARM-based processor and support for Linux-based operating systems.
It features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Allwinner A64 ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor with Mali-400MP2 graphics, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC storage, and a microSD card slot.
The notebook weighs about 2.2 pounds and features a mini HDMI 1.4 port, stereo speakers, a 3.5mm audio jack, two USB ports, and a webcam. It has a 7,000 mAh battery and supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Spare parts will also be available from Olimex if you need to replace a component or want to buy the parts piecemeal rather than in a kit.
Like most devices with Allwinner chips, the Teres I should be able to run Linux or Android software, but it will likely rely on some proprietary blobs for some functions, which means the device isn’t 100% free and open source like the Novena laptop… but Teres I is also a much more affordable product.