Liberating a couple of laptops

I like using free (as in freedom) and open source software as much as possible. But a truly open source computer, with open source bios and other firmware, is either very expensive or the models are very very old. Brands like Purism offer newer models (with a modern CPU etc) at high prices or you can buy a refurbished older laptop with all the open source bells and whistles from brands like Nitrokey also at a high price. Both were to expensive for my taste and I decided to take the DIY route.

Since I was interested in running Qubes OS and Debian I looked at hardware recommended by the Qubes project. The Lenovo X230 looked liked the most likely candidate since they are readily available on second-hand marketplaces or at websites that sell refurbished laptops.

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Making a new friend

For a couple of years I really wanted a dog, specifically a Corgi. But because the waiting list to get a pup at most of the kennels in the neighborhood is two years or more I did not get my hopes up when we decided to try and get a pupper.

Thanks to a lucky break we managed to get one almost instantly. So without preparation whatsoever we welcomed Arthur into our house.