Librem 15 Linux Laptop Set To Close At Around $400k USD
The Librem 15 is what we originally talked about back in November as the expensive "Free/Libre Software Laptop" using a NVIDIA GPU. Those behind this open hardware project came to their senses and dropped the NVIDIA GPU option after realizing what a horrible mistake that would be for a laptop billed as open-source friendly -- NVIDIA on the desktop side really isn't open-source friendly and the Nouveau driver leaves a lot to be desired.
While the campaign is set to end, there's still many open questions about this laptop such as what models will have matte screens, whether they will be able to have a Backlit keyboard, whether HEC/TPM will be part of the laptop, whether the laptop chassis will feature the Librem logo, and various other details. This late in the game it's a bit frightening that there's still so many open topics.
It's also not confirmed yet whether the BIOS / component firmware will be 100% free, which at this point it doesn't look like it will be any different from the other Coreboot-compatible laptops but they hope to be fully free in the future.
Considering the current Librem Laptop pricing with 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, CD / DVD ROM, 1920 x 1080, and Core i7 Haswell processor starts at $1849 USD, I'm quite happy with my new Broadwell-based ThinkPad X1 Carbon with its excellent build quality and it cost less while having better hardware and will almost surely be freed up with Coreboot in the future. At least though the Librem hardware ends up being more interesting than the out-of-date Gluglug laptops that are refurbished ThinkPads.
Those wanting to view more last-minute details about the Librem 15 can visit CrowdSupply.com.