from the user-friendly-hardware dept.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has awarded its Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to the Taurinus X200 laptop sold by Libiquity.
This is the first product of Libiquity to achieve RYF certification. The Taurinus X200 has the same architecture and certified software as the Libreboot X200, which was certified in January 2015. The Taurinus X200 can be purchased from Libiquity at https://shop.libiquity.com/product/taurinus-x200.
The Taurinus X200 is a refurbished and updated laptop based on the Lenovo ThinkPad X200, with all of the original low-level firmware and operating system software replaced. It runs the FSF-endorsed Trisquel GNU/Linux operating system and the free software boot system, Libreboot. Perhaps most importantly, all of Intel's Management Engine (ME) firmware and software has been removed from this laptop.
The RYF certification mark means that the product meets the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy. The Taurinus X200 comes with the fast and secure Libreboot firmware and the FSF-endorsed Trisquel GNU/Linux operating system. Importantly, Intel's Management Engine (ME) firmware with its applications like AMT (remote out-of-band management/backdoor system, part of "vPro") and PAVP (audio/video DRM) have been removed from this laptop.
The laptop ships within the USA and may be purchased from the Libiquity Store.
Libreboot, the project which aims to replace a computer's BIOS (or UEFI) with free software, has gained support for its first Micro-ATX motherboard. The Socket 775 Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L was first produced in 2009, and supports up to 8GB of RAM and the Core 2 range of processors. Libreboot, soon to be part of the GNU project, is derived from the Coreboot project, with the caveat that all binary firmware is removed. Libreboot allows security features such as the disabling of the Intel Management Engine, an encrypted /boot/ partition, and GPG signature checking of the kernel. With Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L support, it is now possible to build a completely free Micro-ATX system.
Note that it has been previously possible to use Libreboot on laptops such as the Libiquity Taurinus X200 (a re-branded Lenovo X200), and the Minifree Libreboot T400 (re-branded Lenovo T400), as well as the ASUS KGPE-D16 server board.