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Security Researcher Trammell Hudson and Device Maker Purism Join Forces to Set a New Standard for Security-Focused Laptops

Hudson’s security firmware Heads will be built into Purism Librem hardware to further protect users from cybersecurity threats, privacy invasion, identity theft, and more.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — APRIL 12, 2017 — One of the foremost security researchers in the infosec community, Trammell Hudson, is working with secure device maker Purism to integrate his free and open-source “Heads” firmware into the company’s Librem laptop line. Purism will be the first hardware company to integrate Heads into its products, and the partnership will push the industry standard with unprecedented protection for end-user devices. Testing has already begun for the integration of the two platforms. Read more

Meet us at LibrePlanet 2017 from March 24th to March 26th

We are proud to announce that we will be attending and sponsoring the Free Software Foundation’s flagship conference, LibrePlanet, at the MIT on March 25-26th.

We will also be manning a booth there, where you can try out our Librem laptops and discuss latest advancements, including our completed port of the Librem 13 to coreboot. Come and say hi! We’ll be happy to meet old friends and new Free Software enthusiasts, veterans and newcomers, and to answer any questions attendees may have for us. We might also have a few surprises for our visitors.

Todd and Jeff will also be present in Cambridge/Boston on Friday, March 24th, for any business or press inquiries. Should you prefer to meet before the event, please get in touch with us at pr@puri.sm.

Nicole Færber joins the Purism Advisory Board

SAN FRANCISCO, October 3rd, 2016 — Purism is pleased to announce the addition of Nicole Færber to its previously announced Advisory Board. Together, the Advisory Board members bring their vision and decades of experience in cybersecurity, privacy protection, and digital freedom—to Purism’s product development, as the company continues to create products that finally address privacy and digital rights by default, rights that 86% of computer users cite as a concern.

Nicole Færber is a veteran of the embedded and mobile Free and Open Source software ecosystem. At the turn of the millennium she founded an embedded software development and consulting company; she continues helping clients succeed to this day, be it with her team of experts at Kernel Concepts and ID3P or through her own independent consulting practice. She has worked extensively on the GPE Palmtop Environment for the Compaq iPaq, on the Nokia 770 and OpenMoko projects, dealing with the software, hardware, and logistics aspect of many mobile products. Nicole’s knowledge of hardware suppliers, telecommunication and research companies, will prove highly valuable in advising Purism. Read more

Purism announces the creation of its Advisory Board

SAN FRANCISCO, August 30, 2016 — Purism is pleased to announce the creation of its Advisory Board, comprised of top-tier experts from the Free Software community: Kyle Rankin, Matthew Garrett, Aaron Grattafiori, and Stefano Zacchiroli. Together, they bring their vision—with decades of experience in cybersecurity, privacy protection, and digital freedom—to Purism’s product development, as the company continues to create products that finally address privacy and digital rights by default, rights that 86% of computer users cite as a concern.

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“We are honored to partner with these industry experts I respect and have learned so much from,” said Purism CEO, Todd Weaver. “I look forward to their guidance during our tremendous growth, deepening our industry partnerships, launching new products and services, expanding into new markets, and addressing new customer needs.”

Kyle Rankin will chair the board and advise Purism in secure defaults, best practices in user security tools, privacy tools, and software choices that respect freedom. Kyle is a hardcore sysadmin and prolific author on security, privacy, GNU/Linux, free/libre and open source software, and speaks regularly on these matters.

“I’ve been following Purism since the beginning of their Librem 15 campaign and reviewed both it and the Librem 13 prototypes early on. I was so impressed with the Librem 13 prototype that I placed one of the first orders, and have been using it as my primary laptop ever since. I am very excited to help Purism challenge the existing hardware market with products that put user privacy, security, and freedom first,” said Rankin.

Matthew Garrett is advising Purism on threats to security and privacy, and on best practices to solve them with Free Software. Matthew is a technologist, programmer, Free Software activist, and is known for his major contributions to Linux, GNOME, Debian, Ubuntu, and Red Hat’s product lines. He is a board member of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), and a recipient of the Free Software Award from the FSF for his work on Secure Boot, UEFI, and the Linux kernel.

“Privacy, security and freedom require hardware that’s entirely under the owner’s control. I am honoured to be able to help guide Purism’s efforts to achieve that goal,” said Garrett.

Aaron Grattafiori is advising Purism on various matters relating to security and privacy. By day, Aaron is a Technical Director at the NCC Group which has been hacking on computers for more than a decade. Aaron’s comprehensive security whitepaper was recently touted as the “War and Peace” of Linux container security. A regular speaker at leading security conferences, Aaron maintains a lasting passion for technologies that empower users with security and freedom.

“In this day and age, it is important to use security-centric and ideally privacy-respecting software. In the post-Snowden era, users who value privacy should understand the benefits provided by free and open source software, and the overall risks by closed source software and platforms.” said Grattafiori.

Stefano Zacchiroli is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Paris Diderot University and Inria. He is a co-founder and current CTO of the Software Heritage project. Stefano has been an official developer of the Debian Project since 2001, and was elected to serve as the Debian Project Leader for three consecutive terms from 2010 to 2013. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and is a recipient of the 2015 O’Reilly Open Source Award.

“I am excited by the possibilities that Purism and PureOS represent for defending users against current threats to their software freedom and for putting them back in control of their digital lives,” said Zacchiroli. “I look forward to help Purism navigate this complex ecosystem, continuing their promising journey to an entirely free software and hardware stack.”

 

“Our products, beliefs, and innovations are helping people protect their digital life by default,” said Todd Weaver. “This board will help us innovate even faster and fuel our immediate growth with collective thought leadership and passion.”

About Purism

Purism is a Social Purpose Corporation devoted to bringing security, privacy, software freedom, and digital independence to everyone’s personal computing experience. With operations based in San Francisco (California) and around the world, Purism manufactures premium-quality laptops and tablets, creating beautiful and powerful devices meant to protect users’ digital lives without requiring a compromise on ease of use. Purism designs and assembles its hardware in the United States, carefully selecting internationally sourced components to be privacy-respecting and fully Free-Software-compliant. Security and privacy-centric features come built-in with every product Purism makes, making security and privacy the simpler, logical choice for individuals and businesses.

Purism Partners with Qubes, Security-Focused Hardware and Software Together

Purism partners with Qubes, with the combined goal of offering Purism’s freedom-focused hardware bundled together with Qubes’ security-focused operating system

DECEMBER 8, 2015—SAN FRANCISCO, CA—In the midst of growing concerns about identity theft, Internet privacy, cybersecurity and digital rights, Purism, maker of the privacy, security, and freedom-focused Librem laptops has announced a partnership with the security-focused operating system Qubes OS, to ensure users are as protected from modern-day security threats as possible. This partnership will continue to evolve to push security for users in a positive direction within the hardware manufacturing process.

Qubes OS provides security through “compartmentalization.” If a user’s browser is compromised while visiting a website, for example, the attacker does not gain access to other information or programs on the system, such as sensitive documents, passwords, photos or personal data.

Conventional security approaches such as antivirus and malware detection programs are no longer enough to keep out sophisticated attackers. Qubes OS isolates the operating system’s components allowing for a more optimal security model than Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX can provide.

In addition, Qubes comes with Whonix-powered Tor integration, enabling the user to easily route network traffic through the Tor anonymity network. Given these features, combining Qubes with Purism Librem laptops is a natural fit–and users will benefit by being able to order Qubes OS preinstalled on the Librem 13.

“We are pleased to partner with the Purism team both in offering a certified Qubes OS laptop today, and in the future improving the functionality and security of Purism laptops to ensure that users can have the best of freedom, security and privacy in one convenient package,” said Joanna Rutkowska, well-known security researcher and founder of the Qubes OS project.

“We are ecstatic about the partnership between Purism and Qubes so we can bring together our goals of privacy, security and freedom in hardware with the best approach in software security. This union represents the ideal approach to protecting users by default, without sacrificing convenience or usability,” said Todd Weaver, CEO of Purism. “Qubes OS is a natural fit with the Purism Librem laptops in both functionality and ideology.”

The Librem: Privacy-Respecting Hardware

Purism’s goal with the Librem laptop is to offer a high-end computer with a simple, out-of-the-box, privacy-enhancing experience. The Librem laptop computer features privacy “kill switches” to physically shut off the camera, microphone and data connection, deterring data thieves, spies, cyberstalkers and hackers.

Librem 13

The new Librem 13 is now shipping. It can be ordered at https://puri.sm/product/librem-13/, for a base price of $1649 US, including Qubes OS.

Orders are shipped on a first-come, first-served basis in the order they were received. There is an additional shipping charge of $80 for orders outside the USA.

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About Qubes OS

Qubes OS is a security-oriented free and open source operating system for personal computers. Recognizing there can be no perfect, bug-free computing environment, Qubes aims instead to secure typical workflows through controlled interaction and minimize the attack surface for adversaries through compartmentalization.

Its architecture is built to enable a user to define different security environments or “domains” on their computer based on their threat model and manage their interaction with each other. This allows the user to control the level of access an application has to other information, protecting confidential work both from compromise and from exfiltration.

It can run Debian, Fedora, Whonix, and even Windows-based applications within this environment. For more information, visit: https://www.qubes-os.org

About Purism

Purism’s goal is to manufacture secure, freedom, and privacy-respecting computers. Leading the way in protecting your digital life by making security and privacy simpler and easier-to-use by default. Purism is devoted to providing the highest quality hardware available, with the goal that the user’s data is kept private and is secure from hacking, malware, spyware, identity theft and other threats that cannot be prevented with antivirus or malware detection alone. Purism is based in San Francisco, California, and its products are assembled in the United States from components manufactured and sourced internationally. Privately held and privately funded, Purism has raised nearly $842,000 to date solely with crowd funding, making the Librem laptops one of the top three most successful crowd funded PC hardware projects in history, according to ZDNet, and the #1 crowd funded hardware project on Crowd Supply.

Press Contact

Jeff Fortin
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Michael Carbone
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Pioneering CPU Efforts to Liberate Laptop Hardware

Purism’s Librem 15 laptop will be the first to ship with a modern Intel CPU that is not locked down to require proprietary firmware. This marks one of the largest hurdles to a laptop that runs 100 percent free software and firmware.

Purism’s Librem 15 will ship with an Intel CPU fused to run unsigned BIOS code, allowing a future where free software can replace the proprietary, digitally signed, BIOS binaries.

Commenting on this boon to user freedom, Dr. Richard M. Stallman, president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), states,

“Getting rid of the signature checking is an important step. While it doesn’t give us free code for the firmware, it means that users will really have control of the firmware once we get free code for it.”

Based in San Francisco, Purism was founded precisely to overcome this and the remaining hurdles to reinstating user freedom, privacy, and control in computer hardware. The Librem 15 laptop is the first in Purism’s line of products and has until the end of January to reach a $250,000 funding goal that makes manufacturing the first batch possible.

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