A freedom-respecting GNU+Linux laptop
Libreboot 20160907 (stable release) installed by default, but you can request the recent Libreboot testing release, version 20210522, released on 22 May 2021, and this will be installed instead.
This laptop is very similar to the Libreboot T400, but has a larger 15.4inch display with 1680×1050 pixel resolution. The mainboard is the same as a T500 which Libreboot supports. We flash the T500 ROM onto your W500. The W500 that we sell comes with 8G RAM and a 480G SSD.
Did you know that most modern Intel and AMD computers come with backdoors implanted by the NSA and other agencies? You do now, and it isn’t pretty. And it’s getting worse. Since the Snowden revelations, we know that most computer products contain backdoors or have insecure software with exploitable bugs. Manufacturers intentionally insert insecure backdoors for profit, putting your company at risk of data theft, corporate espionage or worse. The Libreboot W500 from RetroFreedom changes that!
The Libreboot W500 from RetroFreedom is a business-grade, secure owner-controlled laptop that safeguards your privacy, security and freedom. It sports a dual-core Core 2 Duo P8400 and Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, making this a decent workstation for most computational tasks. It runs 100% entirely on free (as in freedom), libre software, from the BIOS, right up to the operating system, drivers and applications. It comes with the free (as in freedom) Libreboot BIOS replacement, and Trisquel GNU+Linux operating system, which is FSF-endorsed and extremely user-friendly even for GNU+Linux novices.
Your Libreboot W500 obeys you, and nobody else! The Libreboot W500 comes without the Intel Management Engine. It’s Libreboot inside!
NOTE: We used to advertise this as having 1920×1200 screen, but a lot of W500 come with 1680×1050 screens. We buy machines with either resolution, but we only promise 1680×1050. However you might get lucky and we ship you one with a 1920×1200 screen. If you specifically want the higher resolution, please ask before purchasing if we have one in stock, otherwise we will just ship one with the 1680×1050 resolution.
Shipping worldwide via UPS! 2-5 day shipping to most of the world (we will ship to any country on Earth), with a 2 year warranty as standard, and free technical support via email. Prices are in GBP (British Pounds, £); if you want another currency, use xe.com currency converter and simply pay in that amount in the other currency, at your local bank. Xe.com provides accurate exchange rates.
Libreboot is free software which initializes the hardware in the system and boots your operating system. It replaces the non-free BIOS usually found in most laptops.
RetroFreedom’s founder, Leah Rowe, is also a Libreboot developer (and founder of the libreboot project). Profits from RetroFreedom sales directly fund the libreboot project.
Trisquel GNU+Linux is user-friendly, secure and respects privacy
All Trisquel installs from RetroFreedom are encrypted, which protects against data theft. We include instructions for how to change the default encryption passphrase (encryption is done using LUKS).
Trisquel GNU+Linux operating system comes preinstalled. Trisquel comes with all the standard applications for Web browsing, instant messaging, office and productivity, graphics editing, multimedia and more. Thousands of extra applications are also available to install from the Trisquel repositories, using the apt-get package manager provided. It even has games!
The version of Trisquel that we ship is Trisquel 9.0, with the MATE desktop. Here are some screenshots:
We ship with a British keyboard by default. However, we occasionally import laptops from USA, France or Germany. If you wish to use another keyboard layout, just email us when you order and we will install your desired keyboard layout (at zero additional cost) if we have your desired keyboard layout.
If you wish a different keyboard layout but we don’t have it, worry not! Go to a website such as eBay and purchase a keyboard intended for the ThinkPad that we sell you. Give us the link to it and we’ll tell you if it’s correct.
Learn how to replace the keyboard with this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1306mW0KD2U
Fast, lightweight and powerful hardware
This fast, 15.4″ laptop is built with a strong chassis and shell, guaranteeing that the laptop will last many years.
As a modified ThinkPad, it has high reliability. ThinkPads are well-known for their high build quality!
Works in every country
The Libreboot W500 from RetroFreedom ships worldwide!. The AC-DC adapter (charger) is 100-240V auto-switching, so it will work in all countries. RetroFreedom will include the correct power cable(s) for your country.
Every laptop comes with a “Libreboot inside” sticker on the palmrest (a parody of the Intel inside stickers) and a larger Libreboot logo sticker on the laptop lid.
Free tech support via email
Free tech support is also provided, for all customers. If you ever have any questions about your laptop, or need help with anything, RetroFreedom is always happy to answer them via email, using the information on the contact page.
Information about the product
- Battery included, fully tested
- AC-DC adapter (charger) included (100-240V auto-switching, works in all countries)
- UK, EU and US power cable included.
These are refurbished, modified ThinkPad W500 laptops with Libreboot and GNU+Linux pre-installed. We swap out parts and supply laptops in the best condition possible, ideally in new condition. For simplicity of business operation, these laptops are sold only in one configuration: 8GB RAM and 480GB SSD. Laptops come with UK Qwerty keyboards (in some cases we might supply another keyboard layout, such as US Qwerty).
- Core 2 Duo P8400 processor
- Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD
- Screen: 15.4″ 1680×1050 LED TFT LCD
- Gigabit ethernet as standard
- Ports: 1x VGA, 3x USB 2.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Microphone, 1x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x ExpressCard/54
- Upgraded with an 802.11n wireless card (Atheros AR5B95, AR9285 chipset), ensuring full compatibility with free drivers in GNU+Linux.
- Backlight (brightness) control is fully functional in libreboot on this laptop (NOTE: If you have issues with backlight controls, follow the instructions on https://libreboot.org/faq.html#the-backlight-is-darker-on-the-left-side-of-the-screen-when-lowering-the-brightness-on-my-x200W500t500r400).
- Battery: 6 cell or 9 cell shipped. In either case, we guarantee at least 45Wh capacity per battery (you can request higher capacity, and then we will make sure to get you the best, e.g. 84Wh or whatever is feasible. These batteries aren’t made new anymore, so new batteries are 3rd party ones not made by Lenovo. 3rd party batteries work well, but capacities vary per supplier).
When new libreboot versions are released, it is possible to update to those newer versions using software (no disassembling required). Full instructions are provided.
The Libreboot W500 is a modified ThinkPad W500 containing reconditioned parts, with libreboot and GNU+Linux preinstalled.