My Guide to free as possible do it yourself laptop, tested an worked on two x60s:

1. get a Lenovo x60s

2. a fresh battery (they still produce replacement batteries)

3. get Atheros ar5b95 Wireless WiFi g42 cq42 g62 cq62 580101-002 PCI-E

4. libreBoot the x60s

5. swap in the wifi card

optional but recommended: swap harddisk for an ssd (FAAAAAST, any 2.5″ SSD should work)

6. install Trisquel 8.0 🙂

works like a charm for me 🙂

  • dual core core2duo still reasonably fast so you can actually use it
  • all encrypted harddisk per default
  • boots pretty fast (with ssd)
  • sleep mode works (just close the cover)
  • hint: if there is no sound press the hardware mute/unmute button and the hardware volume up button:

Thanks all involved!


“The x200, more recent, is RYF certified and ME on it, deleted.

The x230 can also be booted without binary blobs (no FSP in coreboot), with libre raminit, while ME is neutered (only ROMP and BUP modules are required to boot main cpu).

As opposed to the x290 and x60, the x230 fulfills all QubesOS 4 requirements, while Heads permits to attest that /boot and firmware integrity are as expected, thanks to measured boot.”

CoreBoot might work: “One Lenovo Thinkpad X230, obviously, but preferably one with only the intel IGP. (They are pretty cheap on ebay)” (src)

Lenovo Thinkpad X230 2324-A15 Notebook, gebraucht

Gebrauchtes Business Notebook – Gute Qualität und Leistung die sich keineswegs hinter aktuelleren Neuprodukten verstecken muss – und schon gar nicht beim Preis – hier sind Sie absolut ungeschlagen günstig!

Unsere gebrauchten Notebook‘s, Desktop-, Tablet PC’s, Monitore und Smartphone’s stammen aus Leasingrückläufen von Großunternehmen, wie z.B. Banken, Versicherungen, Finanzdienstleistern sowie Prüfungs- und Beratungsgesellschaften, oder aus Überbeständen von IT Großprojekten.

technical data:

  • Intel Core i5 Prozessor mit 2 x 2,60 GHz
  • Intel HD (IGP) 3000 Shared Memory Grafic
  • 31,8cm (12.5″) 16:9 TFT WXGA Display mit 1366 x 768 Pixeln
  • LED Hintergrundbeleuchtung, Anti-Glare


  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0 always-on
  • 1 x RJ-45
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x VGA Ausgang
  • 1 x Mikrofon + Kopfhörer
  • 1 x Docking Anschluss
  • 1 x Card-Reader
  • 1 x Kensington Port


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