I agree it's absurd to pay such a price for something Intel could be doing. Why is Intel's problematic setup the default in the first place?
The higher-than-ebay cost for this machine basically covers maintaining a proper commercial operation for existing formware/BIOS modification, distributing and seliing the system, including:
* Upgraded with an 802.11n wireless card (Atheros AR5B95, AR9285 chipset), ensuring full compatibility with free drivers in Trisquel GNU/Linux-libre.
* The Gluglug ships to USA, Canada and European countries at no extra cost. Other countries may vary.
* Each sale directly supports the Libreboot project, helping to fund further development of the software.
If you want an X1 Carbon with such changes, have you written to ask Intel if/how they are working with the FSF? I sure hope the FSF has, but while we're waiting for Intel to do the right thing, I am happy to pay Gluglug to provide a faster way to get a system with better freedom.