Librem 15 a Free/Libre Software Laptop

There is a crowdsourcing attempt to make a completely open laptop that requires NO proprietary blobs. This goes deeper than just putting on Linux and FOSS applications. They are talking about removing the need for proprietary binaries from the kernel and to promote privacy and freedom.

The Librem 15 is the first high-end laptop where you are in control and have complete visibility into the kernel, the operating system, and all software. Meticulously designed chip by chip to work with free/libre and open source software, the Librem reinstates your rights to freedom and privacy.

Though the bootloader, Linux kernel, GNU OS, and all software applications are completely free/libre software without any binary blobs, the BIOS does use coreboot, which includes a binary from Intel, called FSP. Here is a diagram that summarizes which components are free/libre and which aren’t.

We are working with Intel to allow us to scrub, release, and maintain the source for this, but haven’t finalized that yet. We are devoted to freeing this binary. You can read here about the current state of our efforts to free the BIOS.

There are also hardware components, like the HD or SSD, that are flashable, and therefore upgradeable, but that currently run firmware that is not yet freed. We are working to get freed versions of this firmware! Being the first manufacturer to care about freedom and privacy, we are making a lot of progress upstream.

•15.6" display in either 1920x1080 or 3840x2160
•4 Core (8 Threads) 3.4GHz Intel i7-4770HQ
•Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
•375 x 244 x 22mm 2.0Kg
•14 x 9.6 x 0.86" 4.4lbs
•4GB Mem (up to 32GB)
•500GB HD (up to 1TB HD or 1TB SSD)
•CD/DVD ROM Drive (or extra drive bay)
•48 Wh lithium polymer battery
•65W power adapter
•Up to 8 hours usage
•Three USB 3.0 ports
•One HDMI port
•One Pop-Down RJ45 Network port (r8169)
•802.11n WiFi (ath9k)
•720p camera
•HD Audio
•Mini-TOSLINK optical fiber connector
•Full-size backlit keyboard
•SDXC card slot
•Purism GNU/Linux 64-bit Operating System (Trisquel based)
•375mm x 244mm x 22mm (14" x 9.6" x 0.86")
•2.0kg (4.4lbs)

They hope to be able to ship it by April 2015 and eventually to offer a 13" variant in the future.

So if you are interested, make a pledge!