Group: Hardware/Computers/Laptops/Laptops with fatal flaws/Common Laptops

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Many laptops still have non-free software[1] that initialize the hardware before loading the operating system.

These laptops are discussed here.


Some of these laptops are able to run 100% free GNU/Linux distribution out of the box.

The software[1] that does the very first hardware initialization isn't part of the GNU/Linux distributions. Instead it's bundled inside the laptop itself.[2]


  1. 1.01.1 This software can have many names (BIOS, EFI, UEFI, etc.).
  2. It resides inside a flash chip on the mainboard. Some laptops can or do use some free software to do the very first initialization.