This blog post by user Eric McCorkle shows us how he got FreeBSD set up on his Librem notebook. He explains what was successful and what things a user should look out for. Librem is described as a laptop that fully respects your right to free and open source software.

When the Librem laptops were announced last year, I was quite excited and I ordered both the 15 and 13-inch models.  My 13-inch model arrived last week, and I have begun the process of porting FreeBSD to it.

I have to say, I am very excited to finally have a laptop from a fully-cooperative manufacturer, where I can get my hands on all the hardware specs and possibly even upstream fixes.  This is a very welcome boon after a decade of having to deal with flaky BIOS issues, black-box hardware, and other difficulties.


The first thing I do when I get a new laptop is poke around in the BIOS menu (no photos yet).  The librem has a coreboot port, but I decided to get FreeBSD installed and check the system out a bit before diving into the art of flashing my BIOS, so I was looking at the proprietary American Megatrends BIOS menu.  Even still, I was pleased by the features it presented, most notably the ability to set up custom signing keys.  I am going to have to do some work on a signed FreeBSD boot and loader chain.

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