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commit 507903d52a6005e117c90e0603d81840b79766b8
parent f63f7a72e5b1552ee6e817f62ef075df4f76f170
Author: Andrew Robbins <contact@andrewrobbins.info>
Date:   Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:18:30 +0000

Merge branch 'talos2' of libreboot/libreboot into master

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diff --git a/www/news/MANIFEST b/www/news/MANIFEST @@ -1,3 +1,4 @@ +news/talos.md news/new-mailing-lists.md news/andrew-robbins-new-maintainer.md news/formalised-structure.md diff --git a/www/news/talos.md b/www/news/talos.md @@ -0,0 +1,41 @@ +% 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: +<https://www.raptorcs.com/TALOSII/> + +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 @@ -35,6 +35,22 @@ Merchendise: - [Libreboot X200 docking station](https://minifree.org/product/docking-station-for-libreboot-x200/) - [Libreboot stickers](https://minifree.org/product/libreboot-stickers/) +Raptor Engineering +------------------ + +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: +<https://www.raptorcs.com/TALOSII/> + +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. + Technoethical -------------