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 hardware platforms contain backdoors or have insecure software that can have exploitable bugs. Most hardware manufacturers intentionally place insecure backdoors into their systems, for profit. With most systems from the large manufacturers, your company is at risk of data theft, corporate espionage or worse. The Libreboot X200 from Minifree changes that!
The Libreboot X200 is a business-grade, secure owner-controlled laptop that safeguards your privacy, security and freedom. It runs 100% entirely on free and open source software, from the BIOS, right up to the operating system, drivers and applications. It comes with the free and open source Libreboot BIOS replacement, and Debian GNU+Linux, or any other GNU+Linux distribution of your choice.
Your Libreboot X200 obeys you, and nobody else! The Libreboot X200 comes without the Intel Management Engine or AMD PSP!
Shipping worldwide via UPS! (Europe, USA, Canada and Asia included. 2-5 day shipping to most of the world), with a 3 year warranty as standard, and free technical support. Prices are in GBP; use xe.com currency converter to check currency exchange rates (e.g. GBP to EUR, GBP to USD, etc). Minifree provides invoices in GBP by default, but you can request an invoice in another currency (e.g. EUR, USD) if you prefer, and one will be provided.
We also sell extra Libreboot X200 batteries:
We also sell Libreboot X200 docking stations separately (useful if you want a 2nd HDD/SSD):
Your Freedom. Your Libreboot
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 the main libreboot developer (and founder of the libreboot project). Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the libreboot project.
Debian GNU+Linux is user-friendly, secure and respects privacy
Debian GNU+Linux operating system comes preinstalled. Debian 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 Debian repositories, using the apt-get package manager provided. It even has games!
The version of Debian that we ship is Debian Jessie, with the MATE desktop.
We will also install any other distribution that you prefer, on request, e.g. Ubuntu, Linux mint, Arch, Parabola, OpenSUSE, Mageia, Manjaro, etc – request it in the textbox on the checkout page
We can also supply a USB drive with the Debian installer on it. This is useful, if you wanted to install Debian onto another computer. This is the full DVD-1 ISO, not the net installer.
Tor Browser Bundle can be preinstalled in Debian (or whichever distro you choose), at no extra cost. Let us know during checkout (custom notes textbox on the checkout page) if you want this. Alternatively, you can download it yourself from torproject.org.
We can also supply a Tails USB drive. Tails is a live system, which is configured for secure, anonymous internet access by default. This is useful if you live under an oppressive regime, or you need uncensored internet access in a place that implements internet whitelists/blacklists (E.g. school, work, etc).
High quality keyboard, comfortable typing
It’s one of the most comfortable laptop keyboards available. Unlike most laptop keyboards, this one is also resistant to accidental spills, with drainage holes in case of a spill.
Fast, lightweight and powerful hardware
This fast, 12″ 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 X200 comes with 4GiB RAM and a 160GB HDD for storage. Minifree also provides upgrade options; up to 8GiB RAM, and a 240GB SSD, 480GB SSD or 1TB HDD.
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 480GB storage, the 1TB HDD is a good option. If you want extra performance and storage (more than 480GB), one option would be to use the 240GB or 480GB SSD, and get an external 1TB (or higher) USB HDD for extra storage, which GNU+Linux will automatically recognize when you plug it in.
The 8GiB RAM upgrade is useful, because more RAM means that you’re less likely to rely on the “swap” partition on the HDD or SSD (use of swap reduces system performance, because the HDD/SSD isn’t as fast as the RAM). This can be useful for people with more demanding requirements; software developers and graphics designers, for instance. For regular usage, it also means that you can run more applications simultaneously.
More storage? RAID? Yes!
The SATA slot for the CD/DVD RW drive on the docking station (sold separately) can have a second HDD or SSD installed, replacing the CD/DVD RW drive. Minifree can provide this, in one of the following configurations:
- RAID1 (two identical drives, same capacity. e.g. 2x1TB HDD). This functions effectively as a backup solution, with redundancy (continuous operation) even if one of the drives are inoperable. This can also boost read/write performance.
- RAID0 (two identical drives, same capacity. e.g. 2x1TB HDD). Not redundant (both drives need to be functional), but can boost read/write performance (more so than RAID1), and increases the usable capacity compared to RAID1.
- 2nd HDD or SSD for data and/or backup. For instance, the operating system could be installed on a 480GB SSD, and an additional 1TB HDD could be used for extra data or backup.
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.
The docking station is sold separately:
Advantages compared to the Libreboot T400:
The Libreboot X200 and T400 both have the same CPU, GPU, northbridge, southbridge and other components, based on the same chipset design (and by the same ODM, Wistron). In fact, the libreboot source code for X200 and T400 are almost identical, except for a few minor differences. The differences between the X200 and T400 are in other areas:
- Smaller, lighter (12.1″, versus the heavier 14.1″ design of the T400) – easier to carry around, more portable.
- Higher battery life (same CPU, GPU, but the batteries are the same capacity while the screen is smaller – the screen is one of the least power-efficient components on any laptop computer, so having a smaller screen means less power consumption, and higher battery life)
- Easier to disassemble, in case you wanted to do that.
- Easier to change the RAM (2 screws to remove a cover on the underside, versus 11 screws and removal of the palm rest on the T400)
- Smaller keyboard, while still being big enough for most people to type on comfortably (also better for people with smaller hands)
- DisplayPort (digital video output) available with the docking station add-on (T400 has no option for DisplayPort, but can still have DVI which is also digital, when you connect the “Advanced Mini Dock” for T400, which Minifree does not sell. However, DisplayPort is better than DVI)
- Has a 5-in-1 card reader slot (e.g. SD cards can be used without an adapter) – T400 has no card reader slot (but you can still use an external USB card reader).
- Audio jacks (microphone and headphone) are on the right hand side of the unit (on the T400, they are at the front). Being on the side instead of the front makes it easier to use the laptop on your lap, with headphones connected (on the T400, if you wanted to use headphones from the left/right side, you could use a USB DAC instead of the built-in audio chipset).
Ports and WiFi Kill Switch
The Libreboot X200 from Minifree features a 1Gbps Ethernet port, 3 USB ports, a 5-in-1 card reader, jacks for mic and headphones, an ExpressCard slot, an anti-theft lock slot, VGA port and more.
A radio kill switch allows you to immediately disable the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapters, when using the laptop inside areas that are insecure, in hospitals or on aeroplanes.
We also sell a docking station, which gives you extra ports: DisplayPort (digital video), 3 additional USB ports, an extra VGA port, extra 1Gbps ethernet port and extra mic/headphone jacks.
High quality heatsink, efficient cooling solution
Minifree also applies a fresh layer of Arctic MX-4, one of the best thermal compounds on the market, to ensure optimal cooling performance on every laptop.
Works in every country
The Libreboot X200 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 GBP 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 £10 GBP each (e.g. EU and US cable). If you need extra cables, mention it in the “notes” box on the checkout and they will be included on the invoice. Extra chargers are also available, for £30 GBP each.
Libreboot stickers are also available to purchase. This raises extra funding for the Libreboot project.
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
- RJ-45 ethernet cable
- Battery included (capacity at least 40 watt-hours or higher)
- 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 2.26GHz processor
- Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD
- Screen: 12.1″ 1280×800 TFT LCD
- Gigabit ethernet as standard
- Ports: 1x VGA, 3x USB 2.0, 5-in-1 card reader, 1x Headphone, 1x Microphone, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x ExpressCard/54
- Size: 11.6 x 9.2 x 0.8 inches
- Weight: 1.7 Kg
- 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.
- The Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware is 100% removed and inoperable. Learn more.
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 X200 is a modified ThinkPad X200 (itself a rebranded Wistron design) containing reconditioned parts, with libreboot and GNU+Linux preinstalled.