Fifteen new devices from Technoethical now FSF-certified to respect your freedom
Last week we happily announced that we awarded Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification to fifteen new devices from Technoethical (formerly Tehnoetic): the TET-N150HGA, the TET-N300, the TET-N300HGA, the TET-N300DB, the TET-N450DB, the TET-BT4, the TET-X200, the TET-X200T, the TET-X200S, the TET-T400, the TET-400S, the TET-T500, the TET-X200DOCK, the TET-T400DOCK, and the TET-D16. While Technoethical is based in Romania, they are able to ship to many countries around the world. The RYF certification mark means that the products meet the FSF's standards in regard to users' freedom, control over the product, and privacy.
This is a vast expansion of the currently available RYF products, more than doubling the present count. Users now have more options than ever when it comes to devices they can trust. We hope to repeat the feat accomplished this week with even more big launches in the future. Technoethical should be very proud of what they've accomplished here, and we look forward to seeing even more new hardware from them.
These of course are not the first devices from Technoethical to receive RYF certification. Technoethical's Mini WiFi USB adapter TET-N150 was certified in 2014. With these additions, Technoethical is now home to an incredible breadth of devices that users can trust to respect their freedom. They use their expansive portfolio of hardware to help fund their passion for free software, donating a portion of their proceeds to the FSF as well as other free software projects.
Last week's certifications include multiple laptops: the TET-X200, the TET-X200T, the TET-X200s, the TET-T400, the TET-T400s, and the TET-T500. Technoethical was not the first to have laptops that Respect Your Freedom, but this entry breaks new ground by introducing a tablet to the mix. The TET-X200T has a convertible screen that allows it to change from a laptop to a tablet, the first such laptop to be certified. In addition to introducing a tablet form factor, Technoethical is bringing slimmer and sleeker laptops with the TET-X200S and TET-T400S, both of which are narrower and lighter than their non-S labelled counterparts.
Technoethical also received certification on two docking stations: the TET-X200DOCK for X200 series laptops and the TET-T400DOCK for T400 and T500 series laptops. The TET-D16 is now the second mainboard certified by the FSF. Technoethical offers a wide range of RYF-certified WiFi USB adapters, adding the TET-N150HGA, the TET-N300, and the TET-N300HGA to its line-up. They also have two internal WiFi devices: the TET-N300DB and the TET-N450DB. Finally, Technoethical now offers the first certified Bluetooth device — the TET-BT4 USB adapter. Certification details for all these devices, including certified source code, can be found at https://www.fsf.org/resources/hw/endorsement/technoethical.
Certifying devices isn't a simple process. That is why it was great that the folks from Technoethical were able to join us at LibrePlanet 2017. It was wonderful to be able to work with them in person in making our initial review. Because RYF is a global program, we often only get to interact via email and the post. Doing an in person meet up is obviously a lot more fun, and also enabled them to showcase their work at the conference itself.
RYF makes it possible for people with less technical knowledge who care about user freedom to identify which products they should purchase. Its continued growth is an important step towards making a world where it is easy for users to control their own computing. Technoethical's work is the biggest leap forward we've made so far, but we can't just rest on our laurels. To be successful, we have to keep developing and strengthening the program. Here's what you can do to help support the RYF program: