Hi, I was getting rss feeds as a normal person would and I found this (the link includes specs,):
I contacted the devs here’s a copy:
Hello, I heard about the Novena project today and am most excited. I desire to know how well it will integrate with my harddisk and CD/DVD drive. I also seek info on if it will work with my operating system, Linux.
Novena provides one Serial ATA (SATA) port that can be used to connect a hard drive or CD/DVD drive. In the Laptop and Desktop configurations, we will ship with an SSD connected to the SATA port. To attach more than one device, you can use either USB 2.0, or get a Mini-PCIe SATA card. We run Linux on Novena. Since the CPU is ARM, it will run a wide variety of open-source software, but will not run closed-source software compiled for x86 such as many games, Adobe Flash, Virtual Box, or Unity. We run Debian Jessie (armhf), and use a wide variety of software from Firefox to FreeCAD.
Now this sounds a bit underpowered to me and also lacking ports (I envisioned more RAM, 6GiBs SATA, USB3.0, DDR3 1600 CL2 RAM, etc.) It is also a bit on the pricey side. I could work with it though as I only have one hard disk though I use a second for backups. I keep using the older CD/DVD PATA drives via a USB adapter. So, I would not suffer that much. I still need to ask about what kind of cards it can take though (are cards processor specific? How about memory?) The only thing I run that is not Freeware is a few sf2 decompressors but I could run those from my laptop if push came to shove (and occasionally something else.)
I wanted your thoughts on the matter (in case your wondering I’m in need of a new motherboard for my desktop though I’d prefer it before November.) I’m certain that you guys have been into this stuff a long time before I was around.