Frequently asked questions and our answers.

General Questions:

Who is responsible for Faircomputer?

Faircomputer is an association under Swiss law. Our declared goal is to promote the sustainable use of electronic devices, especially laptops, as well as the promotion of Free Software in the educational environment. For this purpose, the association refurbishes used equipment (cleaning, repairing, expanding) and installs a Free Operating System. The equipment thus prepared is passed on to pupils and students free of charge.

The association operates collection points where companies and private individuals can hand in used laptops.

Who founded Faircomputer?

Lioh Möller has over 25 years of experience in the Linux field. As a long-time leader of the Swiss Ubuntu team and active country coordinator of the FSFE (Free Software Foundation), she is also privately involved in Free Software.

Her interest in computers that work entirely with Free Software is also reflected in her commitment to the Libreboot project, where she is working on the implementation of a fully Free Computer BIOS. According to her ideas, everyone should have unrestricted access to computers and information and be able to use them in a self-determined way.

With the Faircomputer project, which she founded, she wants to promote the sustainable use of electronic devices and contribute to the expansion of Linux.

For laptop donors:

Can I co-decide who gets my laptop?

Basically you can't decide who gets your laptop.

What happens to the data on the laptop?

If you want to donate one or more laptops, please delete all your data first. We will also repartition and reformat the device in any case. All devices will be freshly installed by us.

For laptop recipients:

Does the laptop cost me anything?

As a pupil or student you will receive the laptop free of charge. If the laptop has to be shipped, you bear the packaging and shipping costs. If you pick up the device in Rüti ZH this amount is not applicable.

My battery is too weak, what should I do?

Since the devices are donations, the battery may not be in such good condition. If the battery does not meet your requirements anymore, we recommend that you purchase a replacement battery. You can buy these cheaply on ebay for example. Enter the laptop model and battery as search terms and in most cases you will find the right one. Some batteries also have a type number printed on them.

Which operating system is included?

We preinstall the Linux operating system for you. This will give you access to a huge amount of Free Software.


We recommend extending the service life of a notebook or mobile phone as much as possible. The longer it is used, the better it is for the environment. In concrete terms, this means only switching to a more energy-efficient device when:

· The laptop is technically defective and cannot be repaired.
· The laptop no longer meets the functional requirements. In this case the old device can be donated to Faircomputer.

When purchasing a new notebook you should be guided by the following criteria:

· Options for upgrading
· Modular design
· Availability of spare parts
· Long-term support of the software

This ensures that ecological aspects are taken into account at the time of purchase and that the product can be used longer.