[Freedombox-discuss] Novena vs. Olinuxino

ST smntov at gmail.com
Sun Aug 25 12:54:41 UTC 2013

While looking for suitable hardware I found this:


It looks like one can order custom board if ordering 50 or more units.
Maybe one can ask it to be boxed (and maybe open-sourced?).

What do you think?

On Tue, 2013-08-20 at 18:34 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
> Quoting ST (2013-08-20 17:38:50)
> > I'm not a hardware profi and was looking around to buy a small arm 
> > computer to run Debian on it. I watched the FreedomBox video from 
> > DebConf yesterday. Novena project ( 
> > http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=3265 ) was mentioned there with 
> > significant excitement because its an open hardware project. My 
> > question is - how is Novena better than the open hardware project 
> > OlinuXinu ( https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/ ) that is also 
> > appears on the FreedomBox's TargetedSoftware webpage? Is Olinuxino not 
> > completely open? Are there some binary blobs? Why to wait for Novena 
> > if Olinuxino is already there and runs Debian out of the box?
> As Bdale mentioned in the talk, Novena has better technical specs.
> Also, even if OLinuxIno _boards_ are Open Hardware, the Allwinner SoC 
> used on them is poorly documented, and not yet in mainline Linux tree.
> Might be, however, that other boards also including crypto features 
> emerge by the time Novena becomes real.
> ...and might be that the FreedomBox Foundation is one of the "partners" 
> mentioned at recent blog entry about Novena: 
> http://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?tag=novena
> Perhaps someone affiliated with the Foundation would like to share what 
> they know about this...
>  - Jonas
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