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.
Libreboot X200 Tablet comes with 4G RAM and 250G HDD, but you can order the 8G RAM + 480G SSD upgrade sold here and your laptop will be upgraded with the higher RAM+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 X200 Tablet from RetroFreedom changes that!
The Libreboot X200 Tablet 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 SL9400 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.
The X200 Tablet is a special version of the regular Libreboot X200. The X200 Tablet comes with an IPS screen which has better colour reproduction and contrast. It also comes with a wacom tablet built into the screen, where the screen can be rotated in such a way that the laptop becomes a tablet. This makes the X200 Tablet useful for drawing, or for any kind of graphical design work.
Your Libreboot X200 Tablet obeys you, and nobody else! The Libreboot T400 comes without the Intel Management Engine. It’s Libreboot inside!
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.
Unlike most Libreboot X200T vendors, RetroFreedom installs Libreboot properly! X200T requires to de-solder the default WSON8 flash chip and replace with a SOIC8. We use 16MiB Winbond W25Q128FVSIG NOR flash in SO-IC8 form, and install this in place of the default chip. It is flashed *before* soldering, using a SO-IC8 to DIP-8 socket adapter hooked up to an SPI flasher. The way we do it is safe. Most other X200T sellers solder 30awg kynar wires to the WSON chip without replacing that chip, for flashing, which will damage the mainboard. For more information, here is a video showing how RetroFreedom flashes the X200T (use youtube-dl to download the video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMKJsg5IEU. This is very intense work; for I, Leah Rowe, it’s easy because I’ve been doing rework and board repair for years. You need advanced soldering skills to set up an X200T safely! You don’t have to do soldering yourself. We sell the laptop fully configured, so that you don’t have to do anything. Just turn it on and use your computer!
Your Freedom. Your Libreboot
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 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
Perfect for graphics design and CAD
The X200 Tablet comes with a built-in wacom Tablet, which can be used for drawing. This includes applications such as Krita, which are popular for this purpose.
This is a special version of the Libreboot X200. The Libreboot X200 Tablet is capable of everything that the X200 can do but has a better screen (IPS panel), with superior colour reproduction, contrast and viewing angles compared to the X200. The X200 Tablet also comes with a built-in wacom tablet, and a stylus pen that enables Tablet functionality. You can use it for drawing. This is good for graphics designers, and it can also be used for CAD-related work. The build quality is also higher than that of the X200. The extra price covers additional labour required (installing Libreboot on the X200T is non-trivial compared to X200).
Fast, lightweight and powerful hardware
This fast, 12.1″ 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 X200 Tablet 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.
- Docking station included, with CD/DVD RW drive. The dock provides extra USB ports. You’ll have *7* USB ports in total!
These are refurbished, modified ThinkPad X200 Tablet 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: 4GB RAM and 250GB HDD. Laptops come with UK Qwerty keyboards (in some cases we might supply another keyboard layout, such as US Qwerty), plus a docking station which adds more USB ports and a CD/DVD RW drive. The dock also has a DisplayPort connector on it, allowing use of external monitors up to 2560×1600 pixel resolution!
- Core 2 Duo SL9400 processorr
- Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD
- Screen: 12.1″ 1280×800 TFT LCD (IPS panel)
- 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.
- 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 X200 Tablet is a modified ThinkPad X200 Tablet containing reconditioned parts, with libreboot and GNU+Linux preinstalled.