It is our pleasure to announce that the NitroPad X230 has become the second Qubes-certified Laptop for Qubes 4.0! This makes Nitrokey the first vendor in Europe to have a product pass Qubes hardware certification.
What is Qubes Certified Hardware?
Qubes Certified Hardware is hardware that has been certified by the Qubes developers as compatible with Qubes OS. All Qubes-certified devices are available for purchase with Qubes OS preinstalled. Beginning with Qubes 4.0, in order to achieve certification, the hardware must satisfy a rigorous set of requirements, and the vendor must commit to offering customers the very same configuration (same motherboard, same screen, same BIOS version, same Wi-Fi module, etc.) for at least one year.
Qubes-certified Laptops, in particular, are regularly tested by the Qubes developers to ensure compatibility with all of Qubes’ features. The developers test all new major versions and updates to ensure that no regressions are introduced.
It is important to note, however, that Qubes Hardware Certification certifies only that a particular hardware configuration is supported by Qubes. The Qubes OS Project takes no responsibility for any manufacturing or shipping processes, nor can we control whether physical hardware is modified (whether maliciously or otherwise) en route to the user. (However, see below for information about how this risk is mitigated.)
About the NitroPad X230
The NitroPad X230 offers users unprecedented control over the security of their hardware. Key features include:
Deactivated Intel Management Engine
User-replaceable cryptographic keys
Included Nitrokey USB key
Professional ThinkPad hardware based on the ThinkPad X230
Security-conscious shipping to mitigate against third-party interdiction
For further details, please see the original NitroPad announcement.