8GB RAM and 240GB SSD installed by default. An SSD provides faster read/write performance, low power consumption and less noise compared to traditional hard drives.
The Libre W500 is bigger and with a larger screen. It is recommended especially for professional users, and has a larger screen resolution than the T400. The smaller, more portable Libre X200 is also available.
Shipping worldwide! USA, EU or UK style power plug included, depending on your country. Compatible in all countries.
A freedom-respecting GNU+Linux laptop
Price is in USD (US dollar, $).
Did you know that most modern Intel and AMD computers come with backdoors implanted by the NSA and other agencies? You do now, and it isn’t pretty. And it’s getting worse. Since the Snowden revelations, we know that most computer products contain backdoors or have insecure software with exploitable bugs. Manufacturers intentionally insert insecure backdoors for profit, putting your company at risk of data theft, corporate espionage or worse. The Libre W500 from Minifree changes that!
The Libre W500 from Minifree is a business-grade, secure owner-controlled laptop that safeguards your privacy, security and freedom. It sports a dual-core Core 2 Duo P8400 and Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, making this a decent workstation for most computational tasks. It runs 100% entirely on free (as in freedom), libre software, from the BIOS, right up to the operating system, drivers and applications. It comes with the free (as in freedom) osboot BIOS replacement (based on libreboot), and Trisquel GNU+Linux operating system, which is extremely user-friendly even for GNU+Linux novices.
Your Libre W500 obeys you, and nobody else! The Libre W500 comes without the Intel Management Engine. It’s coreboot inside!
Shipping worldwide via Fedex! 2-5 day shipping to most of the world (we will ship to any country on Earth), with a 3 year warranty as standard, and free technical support via email. Prices are in USD (US dollar, $); if you want another currency, use xe.com currency converter and simply pay in that amount in the other currency, at your local bank. Xe.com provides accurate exchange rates.
16MB chip upgrade now installed, by default
Most laptops sold by Minifree have 8MB or 4MB chips, for installing osboot/coreboot/Libreboot onto. However, it is possible to upgrade these chips to 16MB capacity, by de-soldering the default chip and soldering on a 16MB chip. Minifree now does this, by default, on all laptops.
Having this much capacity will allow you to easily have a powerful busybox+linux system in the boot flash. In fact, a distro specifically designed for use with coreboot (osboot is based on coreboot) exists, which you can download and compile, and add to your ROM: https://www.linuxboot.org/
Adding Linuxboot by default is planned for future osboot and Libreboot releases. Linuxboot is a small busybox+linux system that provides a kexec-based bootloader called u-root. It has many advanced features, and it can parse grub.cfg files so it’s a drop-in replacement for GRUB. It’s very powerful and since it’s Linux based, that means it also has excellent networking features. You can do a lot with Linuxboot!
When available, you will be able to install this update easily with a single flashrom command. No disassembly required. Minifree will provide assistance.
Your freedom. Your coreboot. Free as in freedom!
osboot is free software which initializes the hardware in the system and boots your operating system. It replaces the non-free BIOS usually found in most laptops. It is a fork of Libreboot, and both projects are based on coreboot.
Minifree’s founder, Leah Rowe, is also a osboot and Libreboot developer (and founder of the both projects). Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the osboot and libreboot projects.
If you wish, Libreboot may be installed instead. Ask during checkout or send us an email.
Trisquel GNU+Linux is user-friendly, secure and respects privacy
All Trisquel installs from Minifree are encrypted, which protects against data theft. We include instructions for how to change the default encryption passphrase (encryption is done using LUKS).
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 apt-get package manager provided. It even has games!
The version of Trisquel that we ship is Trisquel 9.0, with the MATE desktop. Here are some screenshots:
Fast, libre WiFi support up to 450Mbps
Since 16 October 2021, all laptops sold by Minifree now come with AR5BXB112 WiFi cards, instead of AR5B95. It has 3 antenna connections with 3×3:3 MIMO and dual channel configuration, allowing 802.11n 450Mbps speeds. It uses the AR9380 chipset, which is fully supported in linux-libre.
Fast, lightweight and powerful hardware
This fast, 14.1″ laptop is built with a strong chassis and shell, guaranteeing that the laptop will last many years.
As a modified ThinkPad, it has high reliability. ThinkPads are well-known for their high build quality!
Works in every country
The Libre W500 from Minifree ships worldwide!. The AC-DC adapter (charger) is 100-240V auto-switching, so it will work in all countries. Minifree will include the correct power cable(s) for your country.
Free tech support via email
Free tech support is also provided, for all customers. If you ever have any questions about your laptop, or need help with anything, Minifree is always happy to answer them via email, using the information on the contact page.
Information about the product
- Battery included, fully tested
- AC-DC adapter (charger) included (100-240V auto-switching, works in all countries)
- UK, EU and US power cable included.
These are refurbished, modified ThinkPad W500 laptops with osboot and GNU+Linux pre-installed. We swap out parts and supply laptops in the best condition possible, ideally in new condition.
Sometimes, Minifree will ship a T500 instead. It is the same machine, but lacks the ATI graphics chip. osboot hard-disables the ATI GPU and uses the also included Intel GPU, only, because coreboot has native framebuffer initialization for it. So, from an osboot or libreboot perspective, T500 and W500 are the same machine. Minifree replaces the T500’s screen with the higher resolution one.
- Core 2 Duo P8400 processor
- Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD
- Screen: 14.1″ 1280×800 LED TFT LCD
- Gigabit ethernet as standard
- Ports: 1x VGA, 3x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Microphone, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x ExpressCard/54
- Upgraded with an 802.11n wireless card (Atheros AR5BXB112, using the AR9380 chipset), ensuring full compatibility with free drivers in GNU+Linux.
- Backlight (brightness) control is fully functional in osboot on this laptop (NOTE: If you have issues with backlight controls, refer to the FAQ on https://osboot.org/ or https://libreboot.org/.
- Battery: 6 cell or 9 cell shipped. In either case, we guarantee at least 45Wh capacity per battery (you can request higher capacity, and then we will make sure to get you the best, e.g. 84Wh or whatever is feasible. These batteries aren’t made new anymore, so new batteries are 3rd party ones not made by Lenovo. 3rd party batteries work well, but capacities vary per supplier).
- More specifications shown here: https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:W500
When new osboot versions are released, it is possible to update to those newer versions using software (no disassembling required). Full instructions are provided.
The Libre W500 is a modified ThinkPad W500 containing reconditioned parts, with osboot and GNU+Linux preinstalled.