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Purism's first desktop PC with Coreboot: Librem Mini in Intel's NUC format

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Purism has presented its first desktop PC, which comes with an open coreboot firmware including SeaBIOS instead of a manufacturer UEFI. In addition, Purism leverages the Intel Management Engine (IME) as a possible security risk.

The Librem Mini is modeled on Intel's NUC systems with dimensions of 12.8 cm × 12.8 cm × 3.8 cm. Inside, the soldered Core i7-8565U processor works with four CPU cores, eight threads (Hyper-Threading), a maximum Turbo clock of 4.6 GHz and an integrated graphics unit. Two SO-DIMM slots support up to 64 GB DDR4-2400 RAM. An M.2 slot can handle SATA 6G and PCI Express SSDs, and there is also space for a 2.5-inch data carrier in the case.

The connection for the external DC power supply is also located on the back of the Librem Mini.

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Peripherals can be connected via a total of seven USB ports, including 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C (10 GBit / s), 4 × USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A (5 GBit / s) and 2 × USB 2.0 Type A. Image output is either via HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2. If you don't want to use the Gigabit Ethernet connection, you can order an older WLAN adapter (802.11n) from Atheros, whose Ath9k driver belongs to the main Linux development branch.

So far, Purism has been testing interest in a mini desktop PC with Coreboot. If the pre-orders exceed $ 50,000, production begins. Purism is calling $ 600 for the barebone system – memory and SSDs cost extra. As with the Librem Server, interested parties can order a USB security key (Librem Key) with the Librem Mini. The manufacturer also delivers its hardware to Europe, but buyers have to bear the customs costs.


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