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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Minifree Libreboot X220 libre laptop launched

From: Federico klez Culloca
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Minifree Libreboot X220 libre laptop launched (pre-order)
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:02:43 +0100
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This is great news!

Just one question. I own a Thinkpad x220, which requires proprietary firmware 
for the WLAN card. Did you use another card to avoid this problem? If yes, 
which one?

Thank you

Il 16 febbraio 2017 19:52:30 CET, Leah Rowe <address@hidden> ha scritto:
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>Hi all,
>Minifree has launched a new freedom-friendly laptop, with the free and
>open source Libreboot BIOS replacement, and Debian GNU+Linux
>preinstalled. This is the first modern laptop available with entirely
>libre software at every level, with no backdoors or rootkits like with
>the larger companies, and it's available on pre-order today.
>This is good for security-conscious people who believe in Free
>Software, and want a system that they can trust. This includes
>businesses, professionals, governments and any other application where
>data privacy is a must. It's also good generally for those who wish to
>use a system that respects their freedom.
>Here it is (more information is on the page):
>This has positive implications for security in terms of auditability,
>and therefore privacy in general (no backdoors!). It's also free
>software friendly, so there are zero binary blobs and zero proprietary
>software running on it in the OS or BIOS. You have all of the four
>freedoms over each part of the boot process, which means that you the
>user are in full control.
>For the first time ever, it is possible for companies to use
>libreboot-enabled hardware.
>The Libreboot X220 is an upgrade from the existing Libreboot X200 that
>was sold previously. Here are just some of the improvements with the
>* do actual, serious work e.g. programming or 3D modeling. Software
>development nowadays requires powerful computers, because software
>becomes more complex. The sheer amount of time to build from source
>can be a problem on its own. The D16 can support up to 16 fast AMD
>Opteron cores per CPU, and 2 CPUs are possible so 32 cores in total.
>This is ideal for software development.
>* provide professional hosting services for paying clients, and run a
>small ISP
>* provide servers inside organisations
>* play modern games (libre ones)
>* etc (anything that requires a fast computer, basically)
>* Has a touchpad and trackpoint mouse pointer. The X200 only had the
>* Higher battery life
>* SATA III support (6Gbps possible on SSD. The X200 can only do 3Gbps
>* 2nd mSATA SSD possible in the 2nd mini PCI-E slot (mSATA drives not
>yet sold by Minifree)
>* much faster CPU (core i5/i7 on X220, core 2 duo on X200) *per CPU
>core*, and has more CPU cores (X220 is quad-core, vs X200 which is
>dual-core). This makes serious professional software development
>possible, aswell as enabling all kinds of other high performance use
>case scenarios which previously the libre software community had
>fallen short on.
>* LED backlit panel instead of CCFL (X200 uses CCFL). LED is more
>reliable (lasts longer without dimming over time). Better
>colour/contrast compared to X200. Brighter backlight.
>much faster video performance (Intel HD 3000 on X220, vs Intel GMA
>4500MHD on X200)
>higher screen resolution (1366×768 on X220, vs 1280×800 on X200)
>* DisplayPort digital video output built in (X200 only has VGA)
>supports more RAM (up to 16GiB, versus X200 which only supports 8GiB)
>current hardware. Moores law has slowed down in recent years; the X220
>is roughly on par with performance standards for even the most
>demanding of software developers. The X220 is a popular laptop for
>hackers and professional users alike
>* larger ESC key
>* better CPU cooling (and more power-efficient CPU)
>* USB 3.0 possible (with the Core i7 model. NOTE: untested)
>* Better webcam (720p HD with a decent microphone, compared to X200
>which has low resolution webcam) – NOTE: not all X220 laptops from
>Minifree have webcams. If you want it, tell us and we’ll make sure to
>ship one that has it.
>Spread the word!
>- -- 
>Leah Rowe
>Libreboot developer
>Use free software. Free as in freedom.
>Use a free operating system, GNU+Linux.
>Or BSD:
>Use a free BIOS.
>Support computer user freedom.
>Minifree Ltd, trading as Ministry of Freedom | Registered in England,
>No. 9361826 | VAT No. GB202190462
>Registered Office: 19 Hilton Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9QA, UK |
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