Yesterday we’ve been pleasantly surprised to hear from Publisher of the legendary Linux Journal that we have been featured in their latest May issue focused on privacy. Shawn Powers, associate editor at Linux Journal, purchased a Librem 13 for his own use and decided to review it in depth. The result is a glowing review that warms our hearts after this particularly long winter (remember, our team is international, so most of us are not surfing the beaches of San Francisco). Read more
Crowdfunding support for GNOME Foundation and KDE backed security phone from Purism tops $900,000 with 3 weeks to go
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 2, 2017 — With overwhelming support from the Free/Libre, Open Source and GNU/Linux communities in addition to recent partnerships with KDE and the GNOME Foundation, Purism, the manufacturer that builds high-quality, top of the range and freedom-respecting devices, has surpassed the 50 percent mark of their $1.5 million goal in their current crowdfunding campaign which will allow the company to build the first fully free/libre and open source smartphone: the Librem 5.
Breaking away from the iOS/Android OS duopoly, the Librem 5’s isolation-based security-focused PureOS, upon shipment, will offer basic communication services: phone, email, messaging, voice, camera, browsing, and will expand after shipment and over time to update with more free software applications, through shared collaboration with the developer community (not “read-only open source”, but true free software collaboration). In addition to the ability to integrate with both GNOME and Plasma Mobile, the $599 Librem 5 will come equipped with hardware kill switches, a popular feature in Purism’s laptops, that allow for users to turn on and off the camera, microphone, WiFi and Bluetooth at will.
With just under four weeks to go, the crowdfunding campaign raised $100,000 in the first 100 hours and raised over $200,000 in each of the last two weeks, increasing their total to over $900,000 with just over 3 weeks left to go.
News of the proposed phone has been met with enthusiasm and excitement for the hope of this new fully free open-source Linux phone hitting the market:
“Getting endorsements for the Librem 5 hardware from both KDE and the GNOME Foundation took us a huge step towards creating a phone that frees us from the handcuffs of Android and iOS, and we hope this continues as we get closer to reaching our goal,” says Todd Weaver, Founder and CEO, Purism.
About PurismPurism 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 phones, 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 by 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.
Media ContactMarie Williams, Coderella / Purism
See also the Purism press room for additional tools and announcements.
I bought a Librem 13 for my 12 year-old daughter and couldn’t be happier about it. She wanted a new computer; and I, like a lot of parents, wanted to get something that is the best for her, but also offers some safety features, security from all these hacking threats, and that would give me peace of mind that my daughter was as safe as possible online.
There are probably a lot of reasons to buy a Librem laptop that are technically good choices, but I am a parent, not a developer. What drew me to the Librem 13 laptop was simple; it allowed me to have a computer that I felt was least likely to fall victim to ransomware, that offered the camera to be disabled, and that had a browser with privacy protection built-in. My daughter could simply open up the laptop, and I knew she was as protected as possible.
I considered numerous laptops from many companies, but making my laptop choice came down to two things, safety, and convenience. After receiving the Librem 13 laptop, my daughter has been happy to have a computer of her own that works for what she needs, I am happy it was easy for her to use, but most importantly I am happy that it gave me peace of mind that she is as safe as can be.
I highly recommend Purism to my family, my friends, and my coworkers, which at the end-of-the-day is probably the best endorsement of them all.
— Mike Morgan
A few days ago, I got to experience the efforts of a culmination of free software supporters; from Purism team members, ME hackers, coreboot developers, and a lot of other individuals. I am very pleased to run a Librem 13 with coreboot, running a neutralized Intel Management Engine, and no microcode update. I used that setup to type this blog post! Read more
This post is an introduction to a series of articles I wish to write in order to help creative people move to free technologies and get more freedom and control over their tools while still achieving top quality work.
Before starting with technical stuff, I would like to write a few words about myself and what brought me here. My name is Francois and I am the director of creative here at Purism, as well as a film maker and animator. About 2 years ago, I made a switch from proprietary to free and open source technologies for my entire work-flow. This move was originally driven by a wish to stop being fooled by the software and hardware that I use regarding their supposed obsolescence.
It all started with the feeling of being betrayed by my entire workstation. A software upgrade that I was pushed to do in order to keep my subscription and technical support, forced me to upgrade my entire OS for compatibility reasons. At this point, my aging but still very capable hardware started to feel very slow and almost useless. Ironically, I had no need for any of the new features from this upgrade. I simply had no choice but to upgrade.
Having not planned any financial resources to replace my hardware at the time, I felt very much stuck. I felt that my tools shouldn’t be fooling me this way and decide by themselves when they need to be replaced. Especially when they are still in great working condition. At the time I thought: If I invest in a new computer, when will this situation happen again? I have no idea because I have no control about it.
So instead of replacing my computer, I searched for a durable solution. I found an answer with free and open source software. Free software by definition, gives me that control. It gives me full control over my hardware and let me decide to renew my workstation based on creative needs only. It makes life easier when planning a budget for upgrades. Of course it doesn’t prevent hardware physical failure but with some fixable / upgradeable hardware, spare parts and good practice like backups, this has never been a real problem.
That transition to free software wasn’t easy and took me almost a year to accomplish. I installed a GNU/Linux OS on a spare partition of my hard drive and had to find capable alternatives to the professional software that I was using. I had that little voice always saying that “If it is not made by big corporation, it cannot be used in a professional environment”, but I wanted to see by myself how much I can do with free software.
I found many free alternatives and tested most of them. I kept the ones that suited my needs the best and had to get used to new user interfaces as well as re-learning most of the techniques I was familiar with. Especially with image compositing.
I was surprised to realize how feature-full, how stable and flexible some free and open source applications are in term of audio and visual creation. Of course we can debate on the user experience, ease of use, or OS integration but what I can say regarding my experience is that there is nothing that I was able to achieve with professional proprietary software that I cannot achieve with free software.
The transition itself is like jumping in the water on a very hot day. It feels cold and unpleasant at first, but as soon as we get used to it, it is so enjoyable!
The power, flexibility and freedom of free and open source software now combined with the speed and reliability of a Librem running them, gives me a very capable and professional platform for multimedia creation. With these new tools, I have been able to produce great quality work for Purism. I am also helping the Dev team to select the best multimedia software to be pre-installed in PureOS.
Being very happy with this move, I wish to help anyone who is looking for total control and freedom over their creative environment, to do the same.
I will give you tips and tricks and good practice with the software I use the most : Blender, Gimp, Krita, Kdenlive…
See you soon for the first post in the series! It will be about media trans-coding and free formats.
Thoughts? Send them to feedback(at)puri.sm