Minifree Ltd sells GNU+Linux computers with the osboot firmware (based on coreboot) and Debian operating system preinstalled. osboot and 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 both projects is your freedom and privacy in using your computer, as defined by the Free Software Definition, but it has many technical advantages aswell (faster boot speeds, GNU GRUB directly in the boot flash, many customization options you can’t get with proprietary BIOS/UEFI).
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. I, Leah Rowe, company director, believe so strongly in this that this very website, minifree.org, runs on osboot-powered servers, on a network behind a osboot-powered router. All minifree.org servers are entirely self-hosted, in my lab! I’m quite competent at sysadmin tasks, and I’ve been self-hosting for years.
About Leah Rowe
Minifree’s founder, Leah Rowe, is also a libreboot developer (and founder of the libreboot project), and founder+leader of the osboot project which is based on it. Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the libreboot and osboot projects. This includes paying for development, hardware, hosting and so on. Minifree can be contacted, using the information on the contact page.
You can also find me on twitter at https://twitter.com/n4of7.
You may also find me on Mastodon at @email@example.com
I’m a passionate Free Software activist. When I started this company, and created Libreboot, I did so precisely because I noticed a trend: libre systems were possible, but out of reach by ordinary non-technical people. osboot is a continuation of that dream. Everything I do is geared towards non-technical people. However, skilled software engineers also buy from me!
Examples of how I, Leah Rowe, have contributed financially and technically to libreboot and osboot:
- I’m the founder and lead developer of both projects. I work on both of them every day.
- I created both projects, from scratch! The Libreboot project was formally announced in early 2014, but work had started in December 2013. Osboot development started in December 2020.
- Ported boards to libreboot many times, in addition to spending countless hours providing free user support to the public, via IRC and mailing lists. I do the same work in osboot aswell.
- Minifree Ltd has privately funded several new board ports to coreboot, which were then added to libreboot: 90,000 USD to Raptor Engineering for ASUS KGPE-D16 and KCMA-D8 libreboot support, and 4000 AUD to Damien Zammit for Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L and Intel D510MO libreboot support
- The libreboot.org and osboot.org infrastructure plus hosting is paid for by Minifree Ltd, and maintained by it.
- I work on Libreboot and osboot regularly, and I discuss with other developers. This costs time, which costs money (need to eat, sleep, etc).
- Generally paying for new development. I don’t spend much money on myself, 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. Same for osboot.