We are making progress on our Librem 15 rev2 roll out, albeit slower than we all hoped. We are still very excited to be making what essentially is a backer-designed laptop from the motherboard fabrication on up. Although we didn’t anticipate some of the delays, we are now days away from posting the Librem 15 rev2 prototype images and detailed specifications. In contrast, our Librem 13 prototype was approved 3 months ago and is ready for mass fabrication already—so the Librem 15 rev2, with the innovative features requested by our amazing backers, necessitated a longer R&D phase than anticipated.
Once we get this second prototype approved, we will "green light" the mass production. The fabrication of the motherboards will take 3 to 4 weeks, after which time it will take 1 to 2 weeks to assemble the simpler configurations in our South San Francisco facility.
As we approach the final stages of the manufacturing process, the timeline to ship our Librem 15 rev2 units is as follows:
July 28th — Receive second prototype August 4th — Approve prototype, "green light" fabrication September 15th — Receive hardware for assembly September 24th — Ship first orders of Librem 15 rev2
We fully realize that these delays, while unexpected, are frustrating, and we appreciate immensely the support you all have provided through emails, IRC, IM, and even in person (as I’ve met a few of you recently).
We know you will be happy with the product upon receiving it, since a backer who received a Librem 15 rev1 said: "Woo! This laptop kicks ass — JM", he went on to state "By the way, I’ve also had the old RMS MIPS machine I don’t recall the name, various System76s and ThinkPenguin workstations/laptops (like over 100 of them), the RYF Thinkpad, and on & on, and this one is way better. :)" And that was from our Librem 15 rev1!
Todd Weaver Founder & CEO