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Old 01-23-2015, 04:31 PM   #1
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Purism Librem laptop

"The first high-end laptop designed specifically to run free and open source software."

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Old 01-24-2015, 06:39 PM   #2
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But it's cost is way too high.
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How exactly is this laptop's cost too high?
You get what you pay for.
You're paying for:
  • Innovation
  • Small business
  • Open sourcing hardware
  • No bloatware
  • Quality hardware
  • Support of free software (as opposed to paying M$ tax)

All of these are going to come with a higher price tag, going against the "norm" will do that.
IMO, this is a nicely designed laptop. 15.6" is a excellent size and I'm more inclined to believe that I'll get to actually "own" it, as opposed to a lot of stuff sold nowadays (tablets, game consoles, phones, etc) Go ahead, call tech support after you break their warranty sticker.

If the fact it's 5x more expensive than the budget laptops leaves a sour taste, that's fine.
I doubt this laptop will ever reach any level of "mainstream" production. Most people have no need of the specs, nor care about what the laptop represents.
Do you really care that pretty much everything in this laptop will be using opensource software as opposed to binary? Most people won't even know what you're talking about.
But for people who care about that, for people looking for something on the higher scale, and for people wanting to get away from the "Pc vs Mac" war, I suspect this could be a excellent option.

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Old 01-24-2015, 11:58 PM   #4
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I agree, I think you get what you pay for. Having said that, it's not really in my budget. But I do love the idea. I would feel better spending that kind of money on the Purism Librem than I would on a Macbook. But then, I usually just buy refurbished older ThinkPads (typing on a 2007 T61 right now).
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I think it is a good step. We have Chromebooks on the low end as choices and this on the high end (things such as Stallman's netbook/laptop, weren't easily available), but I thought this article a few days ago, expressed the sentiment of a lot of Linux users:
And I tend to agree with the sentiment in the comments of making it Linux Friendly so we the user can choose our distro.

The kind of money they are charging for that, gets me multiple computers (desktops and netbook for portability stuff). That offers me some redundency as well.
I hope this sells well, so they do begin to come out in a lot of our budgets!
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This laptop features (according to the description) the Realtek 8169 network chip. To be able to use it in Gigabit Ethernet mode you will need proprietary firmware from Realtek, otherwise it will fall back to 10/100 Fast Ethernet.
I wouldn't call that Libre.


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