Is Libreboot a necessary step?

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Joined: 04/09/2015

I'm a owner of a Thinkpad X60 and X220.I would like to ask you if is worth the "sacrifice" to use a laptop with far less specs just because it has a Libreboot BIOS.
Plus i always wondered where is the point if our level of Freedom is not the same because maybe we run a non-free driver,package,a SaaS,or a proprietary BIOS and so on.
I would feel much motivated to use a free BIOS system less powerful than the X220 24/7 if i read on forums like this one that all Libre GNU/Linux users run 100% free systems.
Do you think we should go cold turkey and move to Libreboot?
Is a necessary step?

Joined: 10/26/2015

For me, yes.
I like how it is fast to boot up. I like how you can do true full disk encryption, and I like the absense of omnipotent spyware.
It does depend though. I am happy without really fancy desktops, like LXDE, and I play around with window managers a lot.
It's not like you are going cold turkey. It boots GNU/Linux and that's it. So if you are looking to install Libreboot I doubt you have running MS Windows in mind.
I would install Libreboot but it is my personal choice.
Regarding non-free stuff: the only non-free software on my personal computer I run is in the browser, and that is for accessing certain public services and emails for my place of employment. I think everyone here runs some sort of non-free software sometimes, especially in various devices like mobile phones, e-readers, digital cameras, etc. We all make some compromises but we're being realistic while using as much free software as we can.


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Joined: 04/09/2014

I personally "downgraded" from a Thinkpad X201 with an i7 processor to the dual core X200 and I must say I could notice the difference at first, but it's worth it to me because now I own at least one computer running as free as possible. Plus honestly unless you're trying to run intensive games or possibly CAD software, the X200's dual core processor is just fine. I paired mine with a 500GB SSD and the computer is able to boot to the desktop in just over 10 seconds.

Pretty good if you ask me!