Libreboot is a free (libre) and open source BIOS/UEFI replacement, offering faster boots speeds, better security and many advanced features compared to most proprietary boot firmware. The main benefit to libreboot is your freedom and privacy in using your computer.
Minifree’s founder, Leah Rowe, is also the main libreboot developer (and founder of the libreboot project). Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the libreboot project. This includes paying for development, hardware, hosting and so on. Minifree can be contacted, using the information on the contact page.
Examples of how Minifree has contributed financially to libreboot:
- Has ported boards to libreboot many times, in addition to spending countless hours providing free user support to the public, via IRC and mailing lists.
- Minifree has privately funded several new board ports to coreboot, which were then added to libreboot: 75000 USD to Raptor Engineering for ASUS KGPE-D16 (used by the FSF for some of their servers) libreboot support, and 4000 AUD to damo22 on IRC freenode (Damien Zammit) for Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L and Intel D510MO libreboot support
- The libreboot.org infrastructure and hosting is paid for by Minifree, and maintained by it.
- Leah Rowe works on the project every day, which includes working with other developers. This costs time, which costs money (need to eat, sleep, etc).
- Generally paying for new development. Leah doesn’t spend much on herself, it all mainly goes to libreboot and general living costs. Costs are kept as low as possible to ensure that libreboot always has excess funding available in the future.
Minifree exists mainly for 2 reasons: make it easier for people to get computers that respect their freedom and privacy, and, provide funding for the libreboot project. It also keeps our employees alive.
The aim is simple: make it easy to have a computer that was made to run entirely on Free Software at every level, meaning no proprietary software of any kind. That includes the boot firmware, operating system, drivers and applications.
But why? What is this all about? All computer users deserve maximum control (liberty) over the computers that they own.
With Minifree you get full source code for the boot firmware and operating system, plus documentation. If you want to hack your system, you can; that’s really the whole concept.
You also get updates, so when Minifree makes a substantial change to the libreboot firmware that it ships, you will receive a copy of it along with documentation for how to install it and tweak it to your needs.
Such a service is especially important in this day and age when more and more devices are becoming locked down with anti-features like Secure Boot, while containing malicious backdoors. Minifree is an escape from that kind of mistreatment.