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@tomgrz, tell us about your achievements with Libreboot. :)

This is why I only use pre 2008 AMD machines or newer ARM. The Apple/IBM Power PCs are also interesting...

About this, @tomgrz
This is Super Cool:

https://github.com/SolidHal/PrawnOS

Why?

Combined with Libreboot, an AR9271 or AR7010 WiFi dongle, and a libre OS (like Debian with the main repos, the one built by PrawnOS) the Asus c201 is a fully libre machine with no blobs, or microcode, or Intel Management Engine.

Ha! In fact I am using my Asus Chromebook C201 with libreboot and Gnu/Linux this very moment! No BLOBS on this platform at all! (I'm using an atheros wifi dongle). Just install Libreboot:

https://libreboot.org/docs/install/c201.html

and follow the instructions with the OS software available here:

https://github.com/SolidHal/PrawnOS

It's all surprisingly straightforward, and a used C201 is about $100. on ebay.

When I was at the Free Software convention in Boston this year I saw an inordinate number of these Chromebooks, and I was wondering WTF???

Thanks and I tip my hat to you, @tomgrz. :)

When I was at the Free Software Foundation convention in Boston this year I saw an inordinate number of these Chromebooks, and I was wondering WTF???

No big deal. It was easy. You just have to do it. ;-)

@tomgrz I guess you can't do much with 10 yes old hardware? I'm using a Toshiba from 2007 with Debian and can just about surf the web with Firefox ... I guess PrawnOS is not using resource hungry software like Firefox ?

Some of the 2 and 4 -Core AMD64 Athelon machines are quite performant. I use one circa 2008, running at 2.8GHZ all the time!

The C201 has 4GB of memory and an eMMC mass storage. 4 cores and running at ~1.8Ghz and it's A-OK!