I have had my Librem 14 for under a year and have had it replaced 3 times due to a power failure issue on the motherboard. The laptop works great with Qubes, when it has power. Current specs on my L14:
I have two Librem 14. Both are dead and headed for repair for two different issues. I have switched back to my Thinkpad P50.
I have ordered a Thinkpad P1 Gen 5 and Thinkpad P16 Gen 1.
I have built them with integrated intel graphics only and non-vPro CPU.
I am confident both will work fine. I have seen reports on P1 Gen 5 and those issues I think have been worked out.
The models you listed are old and outdated not sure why you want to go for them. Using community recommends thread is not really a good place to go unless you are trying to be cheap and save money and don’t mind super old tech.
I looked into the 2 laptops that you recommended @thinkpadp1. I suppose it would help to mention more of what I am looking for. My only issue with the 2 laptops you suggested would be the lack of an Ethernet port. If there is a decently priced computer that can handle Qubes, has an Ethernet port, with a <=14" form factor, and that’s reliable and hopefully won’t brick on me, that’d be golden. I understand the models I mentioned are ancient.
Except … I’m looking elsewhere (over than Librem) Before purchasing it. There is something about it that … IDK, doesn’t sound quite right.
The Librem I would go for total about $4800, which is quite a lot for the screen and processor they provide.
I’ve been a decades long user of ThinkPad, from T22 till my current T440p. (T22; T41; T60; W700DS; T61p; and T440p) The only reason for upgrading is the RAM limit. Currently stuck to 16G, I would need at least 64, even more … 128GB because of my (verrrrry) heavy use of browser tabs … which is a big problem inside Qubes, as each tab is a new window/qube.
I think I’m going to save up some more and go for a P16 with 128GB RAM. Unfortunately, these doesn’t come with Rysen but only i9, so I’ll need to tweak some; like removing the Intel Management, and install Coreboot. Also, the Librem Key that unlocks the LUKS !
But be honest: These mods are totally out of my knowledge reach … That’s why I’m still debating.
Hey, I focused on non-VPRO processors to avoid Intel Management (i.e. AMT) which is basically a backdoor (or front). Why you think VPRO is a requirement for Qubes I hope I have not made a mistake?? The only CPU requirements are a 64-bit Intel (or AMD) processor with vt-d and vt-x (which non-vpro CPU have).
The only other potential issue I see is if you use anti-evil maid it requires Intel TXT. But when i last looked at that it seems difficult to setup since it requires TPM 1.2 and does not support UEFI. I did not think many people use it because of the limitations?
oh !! hum … looks like I’ve been mixing/confusing vPro and vt-…
I thought vPro was the virtualization thing, hence me focusing on getting such proc (for Xen)
According to your statement, I will now look for non vPro as well ! (or get someone to disable it)
Not off-topic at all !
Thks for adding these …
Librem 13 and Librem 15 are not (no longer?) available.
Librem 14 seems to have many problems, have a cheap screen, and is “limited” to 64G NS51 Series 15.6 inch coreboot ultrabook - NovaCustom seems nice too, I remember checking it out some times ago, but didn’t move forward. It’s also “limited” to 64G. Same for https://system76.com/laptops/darter and Same goes with StarBook Starfighter.
All in all, what I’m after is a sturdy and tough yet portable workstation with max ram (128) size 14’’
Since there is NO 128G RAM in 14’ format, I had to move up 1-2 inches
That’s how I came up with P53, P15 (NOT P15s, nor P15v) or P16, as they all three have 4x 32GB slots
I think I’m going to get a P53, as it allows for a 2,5’’ drive along with an NVMe one … and will find someone to install coreboot and disable AMT/ Intel ME for me