Tehnoetic T500 Laptop with Libreboot and GNU/Linux-libre

Tehnoetic T500 Laptop with Libreboot and GNU/Linux-libre
Item Code: TET-T500
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Estimated Delivery Time: 7-9 business days.
Price: €618
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The Tehnoetic 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 at customer's choice (Trisquel, Parabola, Dragora, gNewSense, etc). Enjoy the freedom of having best control of your computing, privacy and security by using the Tehnoetic 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 Tehnoetic are doing our best to offer you the best free software compatible T500 which reaches its maximum potential. Thus, we replace the nonfree firmware 2-antenna Wi-Fi card with a free software compatible 3-antenna Atheros AR9380-based one, we add an internal Bluetooth USB adapter 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.

Tehonetic donates 5% of the sale profits of this laptop to FSF, the main sponsor of the GNU Project. We list the donations on the page Tehnoetic donations.

Technical
Weight 2.7 Kg
Battery Extended battery, capacity 84Wh (100% life)
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz, Socket P
RAM 8GB DDR3
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 AR5BXB112 802.11 a/b/g/n 450Mbps dual-band
  • - based on AR9380
  • - w/ 3 antennas, MIMO 3x3:3
  • - 2.4GHz/5GHz
Wireless radio kill-switch Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0, CSR8510 chip
Pointing device Touchpad + pointing stick
Video ports 1x VGA
Audio ports 1x Headphone, 1x Microphone
Peripheral ports 3x USB 2.0, FireWire 400 (IEEE1394)
Expansion slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Card reader 7-in-1 card reader slot
Power adapter 65W, 110-240V input, 20V output
Power cable plug Depending on the country standard (default: Type F, CEE 7/4 plug)
BIOS Proprietary BIOS is replaced with Libreboot
Freedom&privacy
  • - Intel Management Engine (ME) firmware removed
  • - compatibility with Atheros based Wi-Fi miniPCIe cards
Operating system Fully free GNU/Linux distribution (Trisquel, Parabola, Dragora, gNewSense, etc)

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