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Author: Andrew Robbins <>
Date:   Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:19:49 +0000

Merge branch 'news/leah-fundraiser' of libreboot/libreboot into master

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diff --git a/www/news/MANIFEST b/www/news/MANIFEST @@ -1,3 +1,4 @@ +news/ news/ news/ news/ diff --git a/www/news/ b/www/news/ @@ -0,0 +1,45 @@ +% Help Leah, founder of Libreboot, get Gender Reassignment Surgery +% Leah Rowe +% 19 April 2017 + +I spoke with Andrew Robbins and Swift Geek on #libreboot IRC. These are two +other members of the core Libreboot community. This news post was submitted to +Pull Request, subject to their approval before publishing on + +My name is Leah Rowe, and I'm the founder of the Libreboot project. I’m a 26 +year old British trans woman, living in the UK. After a lifetime of +repression and denial, I came out as transgender in June 2016; I +began living full-time as my true self for the first time. This was my coming +out message to the Libreboot community: +<> + +I need help from the community in order to to pay for my Gender Reassignment +Surgery. Here is my fundraiser: +<> + +I'm unable to pay for it myself. 2 years ago, I paid 90,000 USD to Raptor +Engineering to port the ASUS KGPE-D16 and KCMA-D8 to Libreboot as well as 4000 +AUD to Damien Zammit for the Gigabyte GA-G41M-ES2L and Intel D510MO ports. +Besides this, I've spent huge amounts of money in general on development of my +own and I've dedicated countless hours to this project. I love Libreboot +and I love working on it. For instance, I ported the ThinkPad X200 (later T400, +T500 etc) to Libreboot myself, working alongside Steve Shenton to free it from +the Intel ME firmware. Unfortunately, this has left me severely out of pocket +and, even now, I can't afford to pay for the things I need for myself such as +this. + +As a direct result of my contributions, the Free Software community is in a +much better state than it was. +The [Free Software Foundation]( now hosts and +[](, as well as +[GNU Savannah]( (used by many GNU projects, for code +hosting and collaboration) on ASUS KGPE-D16 +servers, running Libreboot. Additionally, both the Free Software Foundation and +[Software Freedom Conservancy]( use Libreboot laptops +almost exclusively in their offices. Thousands of people now use Libreboot. +Projects inspired by Libreboot have also appeared such as the +[TALOS II workstation]( + +I greatly appreciate any help that the community can give me, no matter how +big or small. It will mean a great deal to me, and allow me to focus on my +passions, including Libreboot.