High-end open source laptop goes into production




The company Purism has its funding goal for the Librem 15 laptop achieved on Crowd Supply. The initiators want as many components like the high-end laptop opensource. The first 500 copies are produced.

Purism began his crowdfunding action in November and last week was the goal of $ 250,000, converted 222,000 euro achieved. Meanwhile, the counter at $ 318,000. That means that the company can take the first round production of 500 laptops in progress. In April the first systems to be delivered.

The Librem 15 is a laptop with 15.6 “display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels or 3840×2160 pixels can be provided. The processor is a Core i7-4770HQ with Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU. Furthermore rest Purism the model of optional with up to 32GB RAM and can be chosen up to 1TB of SSD storage. The thickness is 22mm and weight of the laptop is 2 pounds.

The special thing about this laptop is that as much as possible ‘free and open source software available. Thus, the operating system on the Trisquel Purism based GNU / Linux. The makers claim the hardware chosen to have no binary blobs , or drivers whose source code is not public, needed in the kernel, and there are only applications preinstalled that respect the privacy and whose source code is public. In addition, all hardware components are easily interchangeable.

The first versions of the laptop go over 4GB of ram and have a HDD with 500GB storage capacity; Purism sells these earlybird models for 1849 dollars, converted and VAT would amount to 1990 euros.

Besides, not all software is as “free” consider . Although the bootloader is opensource, bios contains Intel fsp. However, this binary blob is not signed, which opens the way for a replacement for a free bios.

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