New Post: Librem 14 Update: Freed EC, Shipping Beginning in March

When we accomplish that existing owners would just reflash their boot firmware (coreboot or PureBoot), which contains the ME code as part of it. In terms of the risk analysis, I talk about that a bit in a different thread.


@Kyle_Rankin are we looking at the beginning of March, or towards the end you think?


I’m reluctant to make any more specific estimate than what we put in the post. If we felt confident in something more specific we’d definitely have put it in the official post.


In the shop there is an estimate that in the post is missing:

Orders placed today ship end of April 2021.

Moreover in the shop you cannot choose 4-cell battery and you can add a secondary M.2 storage.
Are 4-cell batteries only for back-orders?
Chinese New Year is over, are 3-cell batteries available now together 4-cell batteries for starting shipping of first back-orders?


Nice work. Good to see code from other Linux hardware vendors being used to grow FLOSS and open hardware.

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for those of you who choose to go with the 3-cell-battery to have access to the second m2 slot note that in case you populate BOTH slots with NVME-SSDs you will have EACH of them be pcie-3.0 by 2x instead of 4x (which the faster NVME-SSDs do support).

in short you will be limiting each NVME-SSD’s speed by half (but NOT the access times - at least i don’t believe that to be the case)

is that correct @MrChromebox ?

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Close enough to accurate. Depending on the firmware on each end of the link, encoding/decoding messages over a x2 link will take nanoseconds longer than an x4 link, but it’s a small enough difference you’d have a heck of a time even measuring it.

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absolutely not. One of the m.2 slots is connected to PCIe root port #9, the other to #13. Both root ports are configured as 1x4, and both can be used simultaneously in that configuration.


According to the Intel web site for that CPU there is a maximum of 16 PCIe lanes available (in the supported configurations). I would be surprised if you could stuff enough hardware into the L14 or a comparable laptop to run out of lanes in the way that @reC suggests. Maybe if you have dual high-spec dedicated graphics cards … :slight_smile: but that obviously isn’t applicable to the L14.

I have been considering this laptop and had a question on the privacy screen option. Is it a film that stocks on top of the screen or is it built into the screen that can be turned on and off?
edit: apologies if this is the wrong place to ask

I believe it’s a thin sheet you can place on and remove from the screen.

yes if you have 16 electrical lanes available to the L14 CPU (which are pcie-3.0 not 4.0) and you occupy 2 x 4x pcie 3.0 electrical lanes from 2 NVME SSDs then you are still left 8x pcie 3.0 electrical lanes for everything else (the iGPU takes some of those - 2x pcie 3.0 maybe ? and the rest to the peripherals no ?)

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Thanks, those tend to be sloppy with install.

@Kyle_Rankin any updates? Are there any product photos?


Whenever there are updates, we publish them to our site as soon as we can, and create a corresponding thread here in the forum for discussion.


It would be interesting indeed to see what change has been made concerning the kill switch for example, how far they extend from the top of the laptop. Also, just a regular picture to make this dream come truer.

So since there are no new updates or changes we can assume everyone is getting their L14s shipped within the next three weeks.

I just got an email that says mine will arrive on 4/1/21.



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