This page research if it's possible to replace a Libreboot Thinkpad with a Novena laptop or Novena Heilroom laptop and how much freedom issue the Novena laptop have.
- Video decoding offload => Can use CPU decoding instead
- (S)DMA controller => Can use the in-rom firmware instead
TODO: look if it's supported by an RYF distribution.
- The laptop has a Xilinx Spartran 6 FPGA. Nowadays it might be supported by the symbiflow toolchain, but the support is not complete as some FPGA hardware blocks are not supported yet (like internal block RAM and DSPs).
Other differences with a Libreboot Thinkpad
|Libreboot Thinkpad||Novena laptop||Novena Heirloom laptop|
See distribution compatibility for more infos.
|Embedded controller firmware||Nonfree
|RAM||4G, 8G possible with specific RAM DIMMs.||4G possible|
|Display||Mate, good enough for working.||?, more recent / better?|
- It of course depends on people's skills, flash programmer speeds and so on but it's not uncommon to spend ~8h to disassemble and reassemble a Thinkpad T400 when doing it the first time, while it probably takes less than 10 minutes for a Thinkpad X200. Doing that is needed to install Libreboot or reinstall it if the computer doesn't boot anymore.