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Re: Librem

From: Nils Gillmann
Subject: Re: Librem
Date: Wed, 9 May 2018 16:58:49 +0000

Chris Marusich transcribed 2.5K bytes:
> Pierre Neidhardt <address@hidden> writes:
> >>
> >
> > Nice!  I was originally referring to laptops only, but since I was
> > planning to look into desktops soon, so thanks for chiming in!
> >
> > It's waaaaaay too expensive for my needs though ;) Would you also happen
> > to know of libre desktop hardware in the 500-1000€ price range?
> It's true that the TALOSII costs more than your average consumer-grade
> desktop.  However, I like the fact that they seem to put a strong focus
> on empowering the desktop owner to control their own computing by
> freeing as much software as possible.  For example, they use OpenBMC,
> and a lot of the firmware used in the system is apparently available as
> free software:
> But it is expensive.  :-) I haven't bought one yet, myself.  Depending
> on your needs, I've heard you can put together a pretty good Libreboot
> desktop system for between 500 and 1000 US dollars, if you order and
> assemble the parts yourself.

The coreboot systems I have, and the small amount of the libreboot systems,
range between 100 Euro and 250 Euro (excluding the ~100? Euro I paid for the
flashing equipment).

> For me, "pretty good" means about 16 GiB
> of RAM, 8 CPU cores, and an SSD, since I'm mainly interested in generic
> development work (need those cores to build stuff in parallel!).  But I
> haven't tried assembling my own Libreboot desktop yet, either.  I would
> love to hear more from people who have!
> For a Libreboot-enabled system, you might also consider asking the
> Libreboot IRC chat room for help (last I heard, their email list was not
> working).  I'm sure they can make some good recommendations!
> -- 
> Chris

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