Modern Linux Laptops with Coreboot Firmware From System76

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Are you looking for modern Linux laptops with coreboot? The wait is over. Coreboot is a free and open-source software. The coreboot project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS firmware and blobs. System76 recently announced two Intel laptops with Coreboot, which as an alternative to proprietary BIOS. These laptops are using Intel 10th Gen CPUs.


Modern Linux Laptops with Coreboot for Linux Enthusiast

Currently, I am using x200 with coreboot. However, the hardware is way too old and outdated. System76 is a Linux computer maker, and they will begin shipping two of their modern laptops with coreboot. Until today, System76 laptop bios was not freed. However, the coreboot port for the newer devices is done. It means you can have Coreboot running on a full-fledged modern laptop that respects your privacy and freedom.
Modern Linux Laptops with Coreboot Open Source Firmware From System76

System76 open firmware is coming!

From the product page:

Get open source firmware powered by Coreboot for a secure boot that’s 29% faster. Pre-order now for exclusive first access. Orders ship the last week of October.

Modern Galago Pro and Darter Pro Linux Laptops Config

The specs are as follows for modern laptops with coreboot firmware from System76:

ConfigGalago ProDarter Pro
CPU10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U or i7-10510U10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U or i7-10510U
GPUIntel UHD GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics
Display14.1″ 1920×1080 Matte FHD15.6″ 1920×1080 Matte FHD
RAM Up to 32GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 2666 MHzUp to 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 @ 2666 MHz
StorageM.2 SSD, 2.5″ 7mm height drive. Up to 6TB totalM.2 SATA or PCIe NVMe SSD. Up to 2 TB total
ExpansionUSB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, 2 × USB 3.1 Type-A, SD Card ReaderUSB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, 2 × USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader
Networking Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 5Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 5
Video PortsHDMI, MiniDPHDMI, MiniDP
AudioStereo Speakers, Mic, Headphone & Mic JackStereo Speakers, Mic, Headphone & Mic Jack
Camera720p HD Webcam720p HD Webcam
OSPop!_OS 19.10/18.04 LTS
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Pop!_OS 19.10/18.04 LTS
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (64-bit)
Open Source System 76 coreboot/EDK2 firmwareYesYes
SecurityDisabled Intel ME
Kensington Lock
Disabled Intel ME
Kensington Lock
BatteryLi-Ion – 35.3 WhLi-Ion – 54.5 Wh
Charger40 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz65 W, AC-in 100–240 V, 50–60 Hz
WeightStarting from 1.3 kg/2.87 lbsStarting from 1.6 kg/3.6 lbs
PriceStarting from US $949Starting from US $999
ShippingShips to 60 countriesShips to 60 countries

The only drawback is they don’t ship laptops everywhere due to customs and legal issues. Not their fault, in any case. Some counties have stricter laws regarding importing computer systems.

Is it a 100% open source without any binary blobs?

Coreboot itself is opensource; however, Intel CPU depends upon the binary blobs for modern Linux laptops. The good news is Intel ME is removed or disabled permanently on newer Linux models from System76. I think it is a step in the right direction despite few binary blobs (e.g. FSP), and I hope someday will get pure open-source firmware for modern Linux laptop.


For a long time, I recommended Thinkpads, but now I can recommend modern Linux Laptops with Coreboot firmware from System76. Both systems available for pre-order here. See our previous posts:

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.