Technoethical T500 Laptop with Libreboot and GNU/Linux-libre

Technoethical T500 Laptop with Libreboot and GNU/Linux-libre
Item Code: TET-T500
Availability: In Stock
Shipping: Worldwide (Priority Air Mail)
Estimated Delivery Time: 7-9 business days.
Warranty: 24 months
Price: €618
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The Technoethical T500 is a refurbished 15.4″ fairly modular/customizable Lenovo ThinkPad T500 laptop preinstalled with Libreboot, the fully free BIOS replacement, and with a fully free GNU/Linux operating system (Trisquel). Enjoy the freedom of having best control of your computing, privacy and security by using the Technoethical T500.

The T500 has a bigger screen than the T400 and also has a card reader by default. Please visit the specifications section for more details about the T500.

Libreboot is the fully free BIOS/UEFI replacement endorsed by the FSF. It is based on Coreboot, having the nonfree parts removed and better build system. While most people tend to overlook the importance of having fully free BIOS/UEFI and bootloaders, emphasizing only the need to have a free main operating system, these lower layers of the computer can contain backdoors and security vulnerabilities which have the potential to violate user's freedoms and privacy.

However, the control over your computer with a fully free BIOS is incomplete without a fully free GNU operating system, endorsed by the FSF and other free software organizations like Ceata.  A fully free system doesn't preinstall, host or recommend nonfree software. Thus users can feel protected from the dangers of proprietary world and also feel part of the community which contributes to the advancement of the free digital society. The society which Richard Stallman has envisioned and has been fighting for for more than 30 years.

We at Technoethical are doing our best to offer you the best free software compatible T500 which reaches its maximum potential. Thus, we replace the nonfree firmware Wi-Fi card with a free software compatible MIMO 2x2:2 300Mbps Dual Band Atheros AR9382-based one, and we upgrade the memory to the maximum capacity of 8GB. Optionally, we offer a caddy adapter at no cost for the common case when you'd like to use a 2.5'' SSD/HDD drive instead of the detachable DVD/CD RW drive.

Technoethical donates part of its income to different free software projecs. We list the donations on the page Technoethical donations.

CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz, Socket P
HDD 160GB, easily detachable
Optical storage SATA DVD-RW, easily detachable
Second HDD/SSD Optional (using the included caddy adaptor to replace the optical drive)
GPU Intel GMA 4500MHD
Screen 15.4″ 1280×800 TFT LCD
Backlight brightness Adjustable
Wired network Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless network
  • Atheros AR5BHB116 802.11 a/b/g/n 300Mbps dual-band
  • - based on AR9382
  • - w/ 2 antennas, MIMO 2x2:2
  • - 2.4GHz/5GHz
Wireless radio kill-switch Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1
Pointing device Touchpad + pointing stick
Speakers 2x (stereo)
Video ports
  • 1x VGA
  • 1x DisplayPort
Audio ports
  • 1x Stereo headphones
  • 1x Microphone
Peripheral ports
  • 3x USB 2.0
  • 1x FireWire 400 (IEEE1394)
Expansion slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Card reader 7-in-1 card reader slot
Battery Extended battery, minimum capacity of 40Wh
Power adapter 65W, 110-240V input, 20V output
Power cable plug Depending on the country standard (default: Type F, CEE 7/4 plug)
Power-on button 1x On keyboard
Weight 2.7 Kg
BIOS Proprietary BIOS is replaced with Libreboot
  • - Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware removed
  • - compatibility with Atheros based Wi-Fi miniPCIe cards
Operating system Fully free GNU/Linux distribution (Trisquel)

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