The Olimex Teres I is a small laptop designed to run open source software… and which features open source hardware as well. We reported on the Teres I when the hardware design was finalized earlier this year. Now the laptop is available for purchase for 240 Euros (about $284).
One thing to keep in mind though is that some assembly is required.
The Teres I is aimed at hackers, makers, and developers and it’s sold as a DIY kit that you assemble yourself by putting together a laptop case and placing the mainboard and several other circuit boards inside.
The CAD files for the laptop are also available if you want to design your own components or modify the existing designs.
When fully assembled, what you get is a laptop featuring:
- 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel LCD display
- Allwinner A64 ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor with Mali-400MP2 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB eMMC flash storage
- mini HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, HDMI 1.4 port, microSD card slot, and two USB ports
- 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- 9,500 mAh battery
The whole thing weighs about 2.2 pounds.
The computer is designed to run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS software, but should be able to support other open source software optimized for ARM-based processors.
If you’re looking for a high-power laptop, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a hacker-friendly laptop that’s designed to let you easily modify the hardware or software, there aren’t many other devices quite like this.
Specs look great, if you’re living in the year 2011.
I wish it had an Intel processor. Linux on ARM is a kinda limiting.
Depends on what you want to do with it. For basic web surfing it is fine.
Intel doesn’t open-source their firmware.
Amazingly, the Raspberry Pi 3 can run “real” software like RawTherapee for photo editing. The complex photo operations run out of RAM, but basic ones work fine – Snappier than, say, a 6 year old Atom dual core.
Kind of cool. If I had a grandchild old enough I would get one to build with them as a learning experience.
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