I am delighted to launch the 'Libre Tech Shop' - a unique shop for products that respect your freedom to learn, hack, extend and do things yourself.

Check out the online shop at:

libretech.shop

The background story behind this launch:

abhas.io/libretechshop/

Here - you'll be able to buy liberated computers, hackable mechanical keyboards, private and secure home automation solutions, wireless routers, spare parts and much more.

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I forgot to mention that the Libre Tech Shop is 100% LibreJs compliant.

That was my first criteria for choosing an e-commerce framework. The choice Wordpress + Woocommerce enabled me to add LibreJs headers to all the javascript code (all of which was free/libre software already!).

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@abhas Nice site! And nice initiative, could be useful! I'll try it out if/when you ever ship to NZ.

I like that the site works without JS & includes decent HTML5 semantics. Got tempted to check if it would theoretically work in my auditory browser engine "Rhapsode" after having had released a new version. Also the site looks pretty, which is always important!

Wishing you the best of luck!

@alcinnz Thank you for your feedback! I haven't yet considered international shipping yet (too many regulations to clear in India!). 🙂

"Rhapsode" sounds lovely. To test it out, are there any binaries available? Or is it advisable to compile from source?

@abhas You're welcome.

Sorry no, Rhapsode does not yet have any binaries. You'd have to install from source. I've tested the installation instructions before, but probably should again.

@abhas I have a question about your site: why coreboot instead of Libreboot?

@avalos Libreboot only runs on older computers (eg. Core2Duo-based Thinkpad X200). The new successor to Libreboot is Osboot and that does run on X230.

The X230 with Coreboot can actually operate without proprietary firmware and in that respect, it is "almost" similar to Libreboot.

Here is a list of hardware supported by Osboot:

osboot.org/docs/hardware/

In future, I plan to ship with Osboot (which is Coreboot with a new config + compile system borrowed from Libreboot).

@abhas I wouldn't call Osboot a sucessor to Libreboot, since Osboot does contain proprietary blobs, which is contrary to the mission of Libreboot. If Osboot runs in some computers without proprietary blobs, that's fine, but if you promote Osboot as freedom respecting, free-software-aware people might want to flash it on their computers too, and that's unacceptable.

@avalos I was basing my judgement about binary blobs in x230 + coreboot based on my personal experience + this message from Leah:

twitter.com/n4of7/status/13380

I'm aware of the fact that coreboot includes proprietary blobs in its support for many boards.

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