Libreboot X200


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A GNU/Linux laptop that Respects Your Freedom!

Respects Your Freedom From the user-friendly Trisquel 7 LTS GNU/Linux operating system right down to the free and open source Libreboot BIOS (or UEFI) replacement (based on coreboot), the fast and lightweight Libreboot X200 from Minifree runs entirely on software that anyone can freely use, adapt, and share infinitely without restriction. These laptops meet and exceed strict freedom guidelines, as certified by the Free Software Foundation. No DRM!

Unlike most computer products, the Libreboot X200 comes without unwanted “bloatware”, DRM, spyware or restrictions on how you use your computer. Your Libreboot X200 obeys you, and nobody else. The hardware is selected, specifically to run with 100% free software in the operating system, with zero binary blobs. Libreboot systems are an escape from the abuse that you get with other computer products. Even Richard Stallman uses libreboot!

Minifree (previously named Gluglug) is the first company to ever achieve Respects your Freedom certification from the Free Software Foundation, for a laptop. Three times in a row!

Shipping worldwide! UPS is used for all shipments. All orders come with a 1 year warranty as standard.

Your Freedom. Your Libreboot

Libreboot. Free as in freedom BIOS/UEFI replacement. Libreboot offers several practical advantages over proprietary BIOS/UEFI firmware; faster boot speeds, better security and customization to name a few. Unlike proprietary firmware, Libreboot does not contain spyware or backdoors.

Libreboot (based on coreboot) is officially endorsed by the Free Software Foundation, as boot firmware that is verified to respect and protect your privacy, security and freedom.

Francis Rowe (founder and owner of Minifree) is also the main libreboot developer (and founder of the libreboot project). Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the libreboot project.

Trisquel is user-friendly, secure and respects privacy

Logo-TrisquelBased on Ubuntu, the user-friendly Trisquel GNU/Linux operating system comes preinstalled. Trisquel comes with all the standard applications for Web browsing, instant messaging, office and productivity, graphics editing, multimedia and more. Thousands of extra applications are also available to install from the Trisquel repositories, using the simple “Add/Remove Applications” feature provided. It even has games!

Trisquel 7 desktopDownloading software from the Trisquel repositoriesBrowsing the Web, and watching a video in Totem Media PlayerThese games will keep your mind occupiedBrowsing images in gThumb, also viewing files in NautilusNeverball!

Trisquel is also used at the Free Software Foundation, on their servers and workstations.

Trisquel can easily replace your current Windows or MacOS operating system. Give it a try!

High quality keyboard, comfortable typing

High quality keyboard, with spill resistance.
This keyboard is a dream to type on! It’s one of the most comfortable laptop keyboards available. Unlike most laptop keyboards, this one is also resistant to accidental spills.

A red stick in the centre of the keyboard, the “TrackPoint” or “nub” as some call it, acts as a pointing device, with buttons below the keyboard. This is much more efficient than a touchpad.

If requested, a USB mouse will also be provided at no extra cost, for those who prefer to use a mouse.

Fast, lightweight and powerful hardware

This fast, ultra-portable 12.1″ laptop is built with a strong chassis and shell, guaranteeing that the laptop will last many years, withstanding even the most demanding conditions while you’re out and about.

Whether in the home, office or on leisure, your Libreboot X200 will be your faithful companion for many years to come. An Intel Core 2 Duo main processor and GMA 4500MHD video processor provides more than enough computing performance for everyday tasks including gaming, high-definition video, multimedia and (if you’re a really smart cookie) programming.

The Libreboot X200 from Minifree can easily replace your current laptop or desktop computer.

Advantages compared to the Libreboot T400:

The Libreboot X200 and T400 both have the same CPU, GPU, northbridge, southbridge and other components, based on the same chipset design (and by the same ODM, Wistron). In fact, the libreboot source code for X200 and T400 are almost identical, except for a few minor differences. The differences between the X200 and T400 are in other areas:

  • Smaller, lighter (12.1″, versus the heavier 14.1″ design of the T400) – easier to carry around, more portable.
  • Higher battery life (same CPU, GPU, but the batteries are the same capacity while the screen is smaller – the screen is one of the least power-efficient components on any laptop computer, so having a smaller screen means less power consumption, and higher battery life)
  • Easier to disassemble, in case you wanted to do that.
  • Easier to change the RAM (2 screws to remove a cover on the underside, versus 11 screws and removal of the palm rest on the T400)
  • Smaller keyboard, while still being big enough for most people to type on comfortably (also better for people with smaller hands)
  • DisplayPort (digital video output) available when you order with the docking station (T400 has no option for DisplayPort, but can still have DVI which is also digital, when you connect the “Advanced Mini Dock” for T400, which Minifree does not sell. However, DisplayPort is better than DVI)
  • Has a 5-in-1 card reader slot (e.g. SD cards can be used without an adapter) – T400 has no card reader slot (but you can still use an external USB card reader).
  • Audio jacks (microphone and headphone) are on the right hand side of the unit (on the T400, they are at the front). Being on the side instead of the front makes it easier to use the laptop on your lap, with headphones connected (on the T400, if you wanted to use headphones from the left/right side, you could use a USB DAC instead of the built-in audio chipset).

Ports and WiFi Kill Switch

The Libreboot X200 from Minifree features a 1Gbps Ethernet port, 3 USB ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, jacks for mic and headphones, an ExpressCard slot, an anti-theft lock slot, VGA port and more.

USB port, 5-in-1 card reader, mic and headphone jackUSB ports, 1Gbps ethernet, VGA, radio kill switchAnti-theft lock

Radio kill switch

A radio kill switch allows you to immediately disable the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters, when using the laptop inside areas that are insecure, in hospitals or on aeroplanes.

More ports! And a CD/DVD RW drive too

Docking station ports

When you order with the docking station, you also get extra ports: DisplayPort (digital video), 3 additional USB ports, an extra VGA port, extra 1Gbps ethernet port and extra mic/headphone jacks. The docking station also includes a CD/DVD RW drive.

High quality heatsink, efficient cooling solution

Libreboot X200 heatsink
You won’t find cheap aluminium in these laptops. These heatsinks are made of copper, and are matched with excellent fans. Ventilation is also vastly superior compared to most laptops.

Minifree also applies a fresh layer of Arctic MX-4, one of the best thermal compounds on the market, to ensure optimal cooling performance on every laptop.

What storage and RAM configuration should I choose?

The default option for the Libreboot X200 comes with 4GiB RAM and a 160GB HDD for storage. Minifree also provides upgrade options; up to 8GiB RAM, and a 240GB SSD or 1TB HDD.

An SSD can bring with it faster application and OS load times, while also slightly increasing battery life due to lower power consumption. Meanwhile, if you need more than 240GB storage, the 1TB HDD is a good option. If you want extra performance and storage (more than 240GB), one option would be to use the 240GB SSD, and get an external 1TB (or higher) USB HDD for extra storage, which Trisquel will automatically recognize when you plug it in.

The 8GiB RAM upgrade is useful, because more RAM means that you’re less likely to rely on the “swap” partition on the HDD or SSD (use of swap reduces system performance, because the HDD/SSD isn’t as fast as the RAM). This can be useful for people with more demanding requirements; software developers and graphics designers, for instance. For regular usage, it also means that you can run more applications simultaneously.

Works in every country

Power cables
The Libreboot X200 from Minifree ships worldwide!. The AC-DC adapter (charger) is 100-240V auto-switching, so it will work in all countries. Minifree will include an EU, UK or USA power cable, depending on your shipping address.

If your country uses another type of power plug, Minifree can provide you with a €5 EUR reimbursement (on request) to cover the costs of purchasing the appropriate adapter. Alternatively, Minifree will source the appropriate adapter (or an actual cable) that will work in your country, and include it in the package. More plug types will be available by default, at a later date.


Libreboot stickersGNU and FSF stickers

Libreboot stickers are included, for the lid and the palm rest. If requested, GNU and FSF stickers will also be included at no extra cost. If requested, 2 additional sets of libreboot stickers will be included, for you to give to people.

Free tech support

Free tech support is also provided, for all customers. If you ever have any questions about your laptop, or need help with anything, Francis Rowe (the person running Minifree) is always happy to answer them via email, IRC (francis7 on freenode) or telephone. He can be contacted, using the information on the contact page.

Information about the product

Included accessories

  • Libreboot stickers for lid and palm rest
  • RJ-45 ethernet cable
  • Battery included (capacity at least 40 watt-hours or higher)
  • AC-DC adapter (charger) included (100-240V auto-switching, works in all countries)
  • UK, EU or US power cable (depending on country) included.

Optional extras:

  • Docking station
  • USB mouse (available on request, at no extra cost)
  • GNU/FSF stickers (available on request, at no extra cost)

Laptop specifications:

  • Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz processor
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • Screen: 12.1″ 1280×800 TFT LCD
  • Gigabit ethernet as standard
  • Ports: 1x VGA, 3x USB 2.0, 5-in-1 card reader, 1x Headphone, 1x Microphone, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x ExpressCard/54
  • Size: 11.6 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Upgraded with an 802.11n wireless card (Atheros AR5B95, AR9285 chipset), ensuring full compatibility with free drivers in Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre.
  • Backlight (brightness) control is fully functional in libreboot on this laptop.
  • The Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware is 100% removed and inoperable. Learn more.

When new libreboot versions are released, it is possible to update to those newer versions using software (no disassembling required). Full instructions are provided.

The Libreboot X200 is a modified ThinkPad X200 (itself a rebranded Wistron design) containing reconditioned parts, with libreboot and Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre 7.0 LTS pre-installed.