It’s difficult to envision a computer that’s completely open-source—and I mean completely, right down to the software on its drives, the drivers for its components, and the circuit boards for its construction. However, Linux News has gotten its hands on one such device, Qi Hardware’s “Ben NanoNote,” and it’s one of the few massive hardware projects in existence that runs on completely copyleft hardware.

What does that mean? The hardware on the system is bound by the same common principles as the software running on it—anyone is free to modify the Ben NanoNote’s design or make copies thereof, so long as they release their version of the product under the same Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license as the original.


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