[free-software-melb] “Librem 15”, crowd-funded libre notebook computer

Ben Finney ben+freesoftware at benfinney.id.au
Fri Jan 23 01:21:02 UTC 2015

Howdy all,

The “Librem 15” is a notebook computer built with respect for user
freedom as the primary consideration. The organisation, Purism, says
they aim to improve the hardware manufacturers's awareness that this is
important to end-users:

    There are many laptops that run Linux. The Librem 15 laptop is
    better in two main ways:

    1. The hardware used in the Librem 15 laptop was specifically
       selected so that no binary blobs are needed in the Linux kernel
       that ships with the laptop. All other Linux pre-installed devices
       include binary blobs in the Linux kernel.

    2. The Librem 15 is the first concrete step toward changing computer
       manufacturing in a fundamental way. We believe in users’ rights,
       and will continue to push upstream to free the BIOS and component

The crowd-funding campaign has already reached its goal of US$250 000
<URL:https://www.crowdsupply.com/purism/librem-laptop>. An initial run
of 500 units will be ready by 2015-04.

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Ben Finney

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