You can build a laptop out of open source components if you want a bad laptop


I’m typing this on a unibody MacBook Pro, probably the most infamous laptop on the planet when it comes to lack of repairability and modularity. But in the drawer next to my desk is a Raspberry Pi and a loose LCD I bought from Adafruit. My heart is in that drawer. Figuratively. In every way, a MacBook is a superior computer, but a Raspberry Pi is more than a computer: it’s an invitation to do something new and different with computers.

Now a Bulgarian company called Olimex is doing something new and different with laptops. It recently announced an open source DIY laptop kit called TERES-I, based on its modular hardware. That means instead of buying one hyper-integrated board that has all of the laptop’s brains and I/O on it, you buy several little boards and wire them together. Then you put them inside a mostly finished case built by Olimex — although if you want to go ultra DIY…



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