A freedom-respecting GNU+Linux laptop
Price is in USD (US dollar, $). This product comes with osboot, instead of Libreboot. osboot is a special fork of Libreboot, started in December 2020 by Leah Rowe, the same person behind Libreboot. See: osboot.org
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 osboot X230 from Minifree changes that!
The osboot X230 from Minifree is a business-grade, secure owner-controlled laptop that safeguards your privacy, security and freedom. It sports a quad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 4000, making this a decent workstation for high performance computing. Modern applications run flawlessly. It runs 100% entirely on free (as in freedom) software based on coreboot and a free FSF-endorsed operating system (Trisquel GNU+Linux). It comes with the free (as in freedom) osboot BIOS replacement, and Trisquel GNU+Linux operating system, which is FSF-endorsed and extremely user-friendly even for GNU+Linux novices.
Your osboot X230 obeys you, and nobody else! It’s osboot 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.
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.
Minifree’s founder, Leah Rowe, is also a osboot developer (and founder of the osboot project). Profits from Minifree sales directly fund the osboot project.
RAM/SSD upgrades available
These laptops come with 4GiB RAM and 250GiB HDD, but you can select to upgrade these as follows:
12GiB RAM upgrade also available: https://minifree.org/product/12gib-ram-upgrade/
Laptops ship with British (UK Qwerty) layout, but you can have a different layout installed if you purchase this add-on:
If you wish, you can order a 2nd battery with your laptop. This will allow you a far greater uptime, especially useful if you’re traveling a lot.
Add this to cart, alongside your laptop: https://minifree.org/product/2nd-battery/
GNU GRUB payload
GNU GRUB is the bootloader used by default, in the boot flash. SeaBIOS and Tianocore are also available in the boot menu, which you can select. SeaBIOS will boot many operating systems that rely on traditional BIOS calls.
Tianocore is a free software UEFI implementation capable of booting most modern operating systems, including Windows (but we recommend using a free operating system such as GNU+Linux).
With this combination of options, a osboot X230 can boot all major operating systems. Every GNU+Linux distribution and BSD operating system is fully compatible.
Technically, Intel ME is still operational on this laptop. However, malicious features such as Intel AMT are removed using me_cleaner. For all intents and purposes, this laptop is very similar freedom-wise to a Libreboot laptop, but it is absolutely true that a Libreboot system is superior in terms of software freedom. However, if you’re willing to slightly compromise (neutered Intel ME, after running me_cleaner, is fairly benign and does barely anything), these laptops offer a huge performance improvement over Libreboot thinkpads.
Minifree runs me_cleaner which modifies the Intel ME up to the point where it is only active during the boot process, but otherwise disabled during normal operation. Only basic hardware initialization is still performed, but otherwise the Intel ME becomes benign from a security perspective, providing only basic power management. Coreboot is handling the vast majority of the hardware initialization and is 100% Free Software on this laptop.
Proprietary features such as AMT are no longer present or accessible after me_cleaner is used. The me_cleaner program removes all networking from the Intel ME, thus removing any security risks associated with Intel ME.
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, lightweight and powerful hardware
This fast, 12.5″ laptop is built with a strong chassis and shell, guaranteeing that the laptop will last many years. It has a screen resolution of 1366×768 pixels, making it suitable for 720p video. A Mini DisplayPort (mDP) port is on the laptop, enabling the use of higher resolution external HDTV/monitor/projector.
As a modified ThinkPad, it has high reliability. ThinkPads are well-known for their high build quality!
Works in every country
The osboot X230 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 X230 laptops with osboot and GNU+Linux pre-installed. We swap out parts and supply laptops in the best condition possible, ideally in new condition. For simplicity of business operation, these laptops are sold only in one configuration: 4GB RAM and 250GB HDD. Laptops come with UK Qwerty keyboards (in some cases we might supply another keyboard layout, such as US Qwerty).
- CPU: Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000
- Screen: 12.5″ 1366×768 LED TFT LCD
- Gigabit ethernet as standard
- Ports: 1x VGA, 1x mDP (DisplayPort), 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone+Microphone jack, 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 osboot on this laptop
- Battery: Two 6-cell batteries
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 osboot X230 is a modified ThinkPad X230 containing reconditioned parts, with osboot and GNU+Linux preinstalled.