Librem 13: A Laptop That Respects Your Rights

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Weekly Update on Librem Production 2015-10-09

The anodized aluminium is more beautiful than we imagined, the tolerances are tight, so the Librem 13 is extremely solid. We are painstakingly organizing the cables, hardware kill switches, and the individual user hardware configurations. We imagine all of you will be very happy with the quality of the Librem 13.

Our work on Coreboot and testing the CPU fuses for a potential future with a freed ME are continuing, but neither will be finished prior to shipment, therefore we will be offering the option of receiving a non-free AMI BIOS with your hardware now, that can have coreboot added later, or to wait until we have coreboot added by default.

PureOS 2.0 is expected to be installed on all the Librem 13 shipments, and available for download next week, we took the time to fork from Debian main (excluding the non-free and contrib), and adding in all the freedom respecting features we had in PureOS 1.0. We will be submitting PureOS 2.0 to the Free Software Foundation (FSF) for review as we work toward having PureOS become a FSF endorsed operating system. This process will take some time, but we are committed to getting it done, making sure we adhere to the strictures of what the Free Software Foundation established.

We will be including the initial gesture supported trackpad driver within PureOS 2.0 as well.

We are still waiting on the printing of our logo on the keycap for the super key, so will be shipping units with a blank super key until we get our logo on them.

Dates:
Librem 13
September 25th – Librem 13 motherboard shipment
October 6th – Librem 13 assembly
October 12th – Ship Librem 13 (first orders)
October 12th through October 30th – First batch of 100 units shipped
October 30th through November 20th – Second batch of 100 units shipped
November 23rd – Any sales will be shipping from stocked units

Librem 15 rev2
October 19th – First 10 Librem 15 rev2 (light gray) motherboard shipment
October 22nd – First 10 Librem 15 rev2 (light gray) assembly
October 22nd – Next 40 Librem 15 rev2 (light gray) motherboard shipment
October 26nd – Next 40 Librem 15 rev2 (light gray) assembly
October 28th – First 10 Librem 15 rev2 (light gray) shipment
November 3rd – Next 40 Librem 15 rev2 (light gray) shipment
All product from here on out will be dark gray
November 24th – Librem 15 rev2 motherboard shipment
November 27th – Librem 15 rev2 assembly
November 30th through December 4th – Batch of 100 units shipped
December 4th through December 11th – Next Batch of 100 unit shipped
December 14th – Any sales will be shipping from stocked units


Known Issues:

  1. Trackpad Driver
    • Current: ps/2 mouse capabilities
    • Future: gesture
    • ETA: ~October (initial gestures supported)
    • Where: Kernel Level Driver
    • Source for Updates: Blog, Git (soon)
    • 2 devs
  2. Unlocking the ME
    • Current: ~90%
    • Future: 100%
    • ETA: ~End of October
    • Where: BIOS
    • Source for Updates: Blog, Coreboot Blog
    • 2 devs
  3. Coreboot BIOS
    • Current: ~30%
    • Future: 100%
    • ETA: ~November/December
    • Where: BIOS
    • Source for Updates: Blog, Coreboot Blog, Git (soon)
    • 3 devs
  4. Hardware Kill Switches
    • Current: Webcam/Mic & NGFF (Wireless)
    • Future: DONE
    • ETA: September 11
    • Where: Hardware
    • Source for Updates: Blog
    • 3 devs
  5. Bluetooth (via daughter card)
    • Current: ~5%
    • Future: 100%
    • ETA: ~February 2016
    • Where: Kernel Level Driver
    • Source for Updates: Blog
    • Note: This is for a free software kernel driver, not the binary blob
    • .25 devs (If you’re interested in helping we can use it!)

Thank you!

Todd Weaver & Purism Team todd@puri.sm

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