Minifree Ltd, trading as Ministry of Freedom (formerly trading as Gluglug) sells GNU+Linux computers with the Libreboot firmware and Trisquel GNU+Linux operating system preinstalled.

Libreboot is a free (libre) 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.

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.

About Leah Rowe

geekabugMinifree’s founder, Leah Rowe, is also a 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 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.

Leah started teaching herself programming in her early teens, and also started using GNU+Linux around then. She developed a huge appreciation for the FSF, GNU and the work that it does, especially after seeing Richard Stallman’s lectures about Free Software.

She went to study Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at college and after that, tried various business ideas until coming up with the idea for Minifree (formerly Gluglug), and has been developing Libreboot since she was 21, since late 2013.

Outside of Minifree and Libreboot work, or even computing, Leah also runs an information site for transgender people, being transgender herself. The website is transit.org.uk. Her hobbies include cycling, swimming, long walks, listening to music (8-bit synthesized music and death metal, mostly), spending time with her girlfriend and learning new languages (current interest is Japanese), while also having an active interest in politics.