4GB RAM and 320GB HDD installed by default, but a 8GB RAM and 1TB SSD upgrade is available in the drop-down menu. More RAM lets you run more programs simultaneously. The SSD provides faster read/write performance, low power consumption and less noise compared to the 320GB HDD (hard drive).
The Libreboot W500 is similar to the T400 but with a larger, higher resolution screen; 15.4 inch 1680×1050 versus the T400’s 14.1 inch 1280×800. Like the T400, the W500 is recommended for professional users, but the W500 is also excellent for people who want to watch full HD movies. The smaller, more portable Libreboot 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 Libreboot W500 from Minifree changes that!
The Libreboot 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) Libreboot BIOS replacement, and Trisquel GNU+Linux operating system, which is FSF-endorsed and extremely user-friendly even for GNU+Linux novices.
Your Libreboot W500 obeys you, and nobody else! The Libreboot W500 comes without the Intel Management Engine. It’s Libreboot 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 Libreboot laptops sold by Minifree have 8MB or 4MB chips, for installing 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 Libreboot 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 (Libreboot 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 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 libreboot. Free as in freedom!
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, Leah Rowe, 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
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 Libreboot 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 Libreboot 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.
Every laptop comes with a “Libreboot inside” sticker on the palmrest (a parody of the Intel inside stickers) and a larger Libreboot logo sticker on the laptop lid.
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 Libreboot and GNU+Linux pre-installed. We swap out parts and supply laptops in the best condition possible, ideally in new condition.
- 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 libreboot on this laptop (NOTE: If you have issues with backlight controls, follow the instructions on https://libreboot.org/faq.html#the-backlight-is-darker-on-the-left-side-of-the-screen-when-lowering-the-brightness-on-my-x200t400t500r400).
- 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:T400
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.