Free Software Foundation Endorses Another (Outdated) Laptop

Written by Michael Larabel in GNU on 29 January 2015 at 07:26 PM EST. 28 Comments
Back in 2013 the Free Software Foundation endorsed its first laptop as respecting the user's freedoms. Being announced today is another laptop now being endorsed by the FSF.

The first laptop endorsed by the Free Software Foundation was a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad X60 called the Gluglug X60 that freed up the original laptop with Coreboot/Libreboot and installed the FSF-approved Trisquel Linux distribution. The refurbished laptop talked up by the FSF had a Core Duo, Core Solo, and Core 2 Duo options with ~1GB of RAM, 60GB RAM or an upgrade to a 128GB SSD, etc. It's not exactly a top-of-the-line laptop. This second laptop being endorsed by the Free Software Foundation isn't too much better.

The second laptop endorsed by the FSF is also a Gluglug laptop that's a refurbished ThinkPad. The Libreboot X200 is the name of the new RYF-certified laptop and ships with an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, GMA 4500MHD graphics, 1280x800 graphics, 802.11n Atheros WiFi, etc. In other words, this laptop is still very dated by today's standards sans the updated WiFi card. The Core 2 Duo P8400 was launched back in 2008!

The Libreboot X200 ships with a freed firmware along with the ME/AMT component of the laptop. If you're interested in this dated, refurbished hardware, you can learn more via the FSF announcement today or by visiting For those comparing more about modern components, features, and performance, I'm currently liking the Broadwell-based Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
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