There's an itch building that we can't scratch. We are depending on black box technology that we cannot truly control because the specifications are all burdened with patents and copyrights. In a world where we could trust big players to leave those black boxes alone, that would not be a tremendous problem. It's growing clear that this is not the world we live in.
Novena is an open source hardware laptop project. It's also a peek into the future of computing, which will include relatively modest specified machines that we can actually assure ourselves are under our own control. Looking at this project reminds me of looking at early Mozilla builds. You see the potential for a world beater, but you know that it's a long way from doing what it needs to do to survive in the marketplace as more than a curiosity.
HT: +Josh Williams