A GNU+Linux laptop that Respects Your Freedom!
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 Libreboot T400 from Minifree changes that!
The Libreboot T400 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, Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics and supports up to 8GiB RAM, making this an ideal high-performance workstation with the Intel GM45 and ICH9 chipsets. 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) Libreboot BIOS replacement, and Trisquel GNU+Linux operating system, which is FSF-endorsed. We will install another GNU+Linux distro if you wish it, just ask when ordering.
Your Libreboot T400 obeys you, and nobody else! The Libreboot T400 comes without the Intel Management Engine or AMD PSP!
For an additional price, we can also provide certain hardware- and software-based security enhancements. If you are interested in this, see: https://minifree.org/product/security-mods/
Shipping worldwide via UPS! 2-5 day shipping to most of the world (we will ship to any country on Earth), with a 2 year warranty as standard, and free technical support. Prices are in EUR; 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.
By default, we ship with UK keyboard layout. Other keyboard layouts are available, for a small fee.
No-OS is also possible, besides Trisquel. Mention “no OS” in the textbox on checkout, and we will ship it with Libreboot but without an OS installed.
Your Freedom. Your Libreboot
The Libreboot T400 is certified by the Free Software Foundation, under their Respects Your Freedom hardware certification program.
Libreboot 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.
Minifree’s founder is also a Libreboot developer (and founder of the libreboot project). Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the libreboot project.
Trisquel GNU+Linux is user-friendly, secure and respects privacy
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 8.0 LTS, with the MATE desktop. Here are some screenshots:
We can also supply a USB drive with the Trisquel installer on it. This is useful, if you wanted to install Trisquel onto another computer. This is the full live installer, not the net installer.
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.
What storage and RAM configuration should I choose?
The default option for the Libreboot T400 comes with 4GiB RAM and a 160GB HDD for storage. Minifree also provides upgrade options; a 240GB SSD or 1TB HDD. Minifree also provides an 8GiB RAM upgrade option.
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 GNU+Linux will automatically recognize when you plug it in.
8GiB RAM upgrade is available in the drop-down list. More RAM improves system performance, by reducing the use of the swap partition, allowing you to run more applications and workloads simultaneously.
More storage? RAID? Yes!
The SATA slot for the CD/DVD RW drive can have a second HDD or SSD installed, replacing the CD/DVD RW drive. Minifree can provide this.
If you want a 2nd HDD or SSD, but you also want a CD/DVD RW drive, there are USB CD/DVD drives that you can purchase online. These are all generic, and will work automatically in GNU+Linux.
Works in every country
The Libreboot T400 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.
Do you travel? Minifree can provide extra power cables for free (e.g. EU and US cable). If you need extra cables, mention it in the “notes” box on the checkout.
Libreboot stickers are also available to purchase. This raises extra funding for the Libreboot project.
NOTE: Stickers are always included free with laptops (as of 2019-04-16 onwards). Stickers are available separately if you just want the stickers. If you’re ordering a laptop, you don’t need to order the stickers separately.
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, 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 or US power cable (depending on country) included.
- 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 AR5B95, AR9285 chipset), ensuring full compatibility with free drivers in GNU+Linux.
- Backlight (brightness) control is fully functional in libreboot on this laptop.
- 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).
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 T400 is a modified ThinkPad T400 containing reconditioned parts, with libreboot and GNU+Linux preinstalled.