Group: Hardware/Laptops Comparison/Laptop requiring some work

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Someone needs to write a free replacement for some parts

Brand and Model Type Proprietary Components that needs some work to be replaced Proprietary Components that can be avoided Compatible BIOS Replacements Compatible 100 % Free software distributions Availability
Lemote Loongson 3A notebook Notebook
  • ATI VGA BIOS/Option ROM required to have graphics, someone needs to write a free replacement for that.
  • Probably optional ATI microcode for the GPU (no acceleration without it). Probably mandatory for newer kernel versions.
  • Pmon
None, gNewSense needs just a custom kernel Out of stock
Lenovo T60 (with ATI GPU) Notebook
  • With Coreboot: ATI VGA BIOS/Option ROM required to have graphics (can be used in headless mode, without graphics. Serial console and SSH).
  • CPU microcode: usually optional, like X60
  • The default Wi-Fi card is from Intel and requires non-free firmware, replace that card.
  • The default non-free BIOS can be replaced with Coreboot v4 (complicated procedure)
  • Probably optional ATI microcode for the GPU (no acceleration without it).
  • Trisquel 5.5 and newer
  • Parabola
Easy to find second hand
OLPC XO-1 Small notebook
  • VSA (LGPL) cannot be built with free software:
    • A free software compiler needs to be find or written.
    • Or the code needs to be converted to compile with a free compiler.
  • Internal Wi-Fi card requires non-free firmware.
  • Free BIOS replacement (which one?).
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