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Components to Build Endorseable Systems

This page lists components that interested manufacturers can use to build systems that may be eligible for endorsement under our endorsement criteria. It's meant to help those manufacturers bridge the gap between asking "How can we make hardware that the FSF will endorse?" and actually shipping a product.

There are a few points that are helpful to bear in mind when reviewing this page:

  • The FSF's endorsements are not limited to whole computer systems. The FSF would be happy to endorse a wide range of hardware that meets the criteria, including individual computer components, peripherals, and dedicated devices meant to work with computers, like routers and digital cameras.
  • These lists should be helpful for all different kinds of complete systems, including servers, desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, and others.
  • This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of useful hardware components. It's meant to suggest hardware that can provide specific functionality in cases where alternatives often do not comply with the FSF's endorsement criteria.
  • Using this hardware neither guarantees, nor is required for, an endorsement. Products seeking endorsement must meet all of the criteria, including several that do not pertain to hardware selection at all. On the flip side, it's very possible that you can find a way to do that by using hardware that's not listed here. Furthermore, not all kinds of products may want the functionality on offer (e.g., a server may not need wireless networking). That's all fine; these are only intended to be helpful suggestions.

Table of Components

Architecture Graphics Wireless
x86 Unknown Atheros 9170

Atheros TG121N

Realtek RTL8187B Wireless LAN USB

ARM Unknown
MIPS Silicon Integrated Systems 315PRO VGA Display Adapter