Author: Andrew Robbins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:18:30 +0000
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diff --git a/www/news/talos.md b/www/news/talos.md
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+% TALOS II Secure Workstation, from Raptor Engineering
+% Leah Rowe
+% 15 August 2017
+Recently, [Raptor Engineering](https://www.raptorcs.com/TALOSII/) has launched
+a new series of workstation and server computers. These are high-end systems,
+using the libre IBM POWER9 architecture, and the boot firmware is entirely
+Free Software like Libreboot.
+This is the *first* OEM actually producing computers, from the factory assembly
+line, with completely libre boot firmware. The boot firmware, operating system
+and everything else is entirely Free Software. While not technically libreboot,
+the boot firmware on TALOS II is Free Software, so it was decided that the
+TALOS II would be promoted here on libreboot.org.
+If you are in the market for a high-end, secure workstation or server with
+100% free boot firmware (like Libreboot) and operating system, produced by
+an OEM *hardware manufacturer* that cares about freedom, look no further than
+the TALOS II from Raptor Engineering!
+Their website for pre-orders is here:
+An entry for the TALOS II has also been added to the
+[suppliers page](../suppliers.md) on libreboot.org.
+Raptor Engineering is the same company that ported the ASUS KFSN4-DRE,
+KPGE-D16 and KCMA-D8 motherboards to Libreboot. In addition, they added support
+for Hybrid Graphics on the ThinkPad T400 which Libreboot supports, enabling
+those laptops to be used in freedom (with the AMD GPU disabled, in favour of
+the Intel GPU which Libreboot has free video initialization for).
+In response to the TALOS II launch I, Leah Rowe, have removed the Libreboot D16
+(TALOS II's main competitor) from minifree.org, and removed the Minifree D16
+entries from the [suppliers page](../suppliers.md) on libreboot.org.
+I encourage Vikings and Technoethical, also present on that suppliers page, to
+do the same and discontinue their D16 products. The TALOS II is very important
+for the future of free, libre computing and indeed the free software community
+as a whole; if TALOS II fails, we will be stuck for a very long time without
+any viable high-end workstations that are libre. High-end hardware is necessary
+for modern software development.
diff --git a/www/suppliers.md b/www/suppliers.md
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- [Libreboot X200 docking station](https://minifree.org/product/docking-station-for-libreboot-x200/)
- [Libreboot stickers](https://minifree.org/product/libreboot-stickers/)
+Raptor is the world's first libre OEM, producing systems with libre boot
+firmware and operating system preinstalled, *from the factory*.
+Website for pre-orders:
+NOTE: this isn't technically Libreboot, but the boot firmware is entirely free.
+This is the same company that ported the ASUS KFSN4-DRE, KGPE-D16 and KCMA-D8
+mainboards to Libreboot. Raptor has also helped improve other ports in Libreboot,
+for instance they added support for *switchable graphics* on the ThinkPad T400
+which Libreboot supports.