Update: Please be advised that the i7-3632QM option is not compatible with Qubes OS, as it does not support VT-d. The option specifically tested by the Qubes team is the i5-3320M.
It is our pleasure to announce that the NitroPad T430 has become the third Qubes-certified Laptop for Qubes 4.0! This makes Nitrokey the first vendor to have two products that pass Qubes hardware certification, the other being the NitroPad X230.
What is Qubes Certified Hardware?
Qubes Certified Hardware is hardware that has been certified by the Qubes developers as compatible with Qubes OS. 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 vendor’s manufacturing, shipping, payment, or other practices, 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 T430
Key features of the NitroPad T430 include:
Deactivated Intel Management Engine
User-replaceable cryptographic keys
Included Nitrokey USB key
Professional ThinkPad hardware based on the ThinkPad T430
Security-conscious shipping to mitigate against third-party interdiction
For further details, please see the NitroPad T430 product page.
How to get one
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.qubes-os.org/news/2021/06/01/nitropad-t430-qubes-certification/