Tarin Gamberini

A software engineer and a passionate java programmer

I have bought a Libreboot T400 laptop

Libreboot is a free (free as in freedom) BIOS or UEFI replacement; Libreboot boot firmware that initializes the hardware and starts a boot loader for your operating system.

Libreboot logo
Libreboot logo

by Marcus Moeller - CC-0

My “Libreboot journey” had started when I had red the article:

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the Libreboot T400 laptop as sold by Minifree. The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.

I had learned about Minifree Ltd, trading as Ministry of Freedom (formerly trading as Gluglug), a UK supplier shipping worldwide and selling GNU/Linux-libre computers with the Libreboot firmware and Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre operating system preinstalled. Francis Rowe, Minifree’s Founder & CEO, is also the main Libreboot developer and the founder of the Libreboot project.

Because I was yet looking for a laptop I had decided to buy a Libreboot T400 laptop

I was used to Debian GNU/Linux distribution, but Debian doesn’t follow the free system distribution guidelines, so that’s why Ministry of Freedom deliver laptops with Trisquel GNU/Linux preinstalled, which anyway is derived from Debian (see other entirely free GNU/Linux distributions).

The Libreboot documentation is quite good and I have enjoyed experimenting with it.

Here you are my brand new Libreboot T400 laptop as I opened it the first time:

(In the case this post seemed to you a kind of advertisement I would point out that I haven’t received any fee from Minifree).

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