Please note that FSF “RYF” certification is for hardware, and is different than FSF certification/endorsement for the operating system (PureOS), which we have already obtained.
The “RYF” certification is the most strict endorsement you can get in the industry. Since the question “Why doesn’t Purism already have the FSF’s RYF certification?” comes up regularly, we are providing below a visual roadmap and status updates on our progress, on the hardware front as well as software.
Please note: the graphic above is outdated (compared to the text on this page). We’re planning to redesign it.
Footnotes regarding items in red:
Purism offers the first high-end security and privacy-respecting laptops (with a heavy emphasis and best effort towards maximum software freedom) by manufacturing the motherboard and casing, and sourcing daughter cards, where all chips are selected and designed to run free software at the operating system level. Purism laptops are completely free from the bootloader through the kernel (with no mystery code, binary blobs, or firmware blobs), including the operating system and all software.
Additionally, Purism laptops are “99%” free at the BIOS level (see the history of our coreboot involvement), where we disable and remove/neutralize the Intel ME binary, remove the proprietary VGA BIOS, but have not yet freed the Intel FSP binary. We are working diligently to free the (minuscule) remaining bits at the BIOS level in order to move us toward FSF “RYF” endorsement, but our goal is to go further than that: Purism also intends to free the firmware within HDDs and SSDs.
Refer to the following posts to see our efforts, discoveries and progress toward freeing the components needed to free the BIOS completely. From newest to oldest (list last updated: 2020-05-25):
If you are a talented hacker, driver developer or reverse engineer, and are interested in helping us free the remaining low-level hardware components, please send us an email about that.
Updated: April 4th, 2018