Purism unveiled several days ago the launch of PureOS 10, a Debian-based distribution that includes only free applications, including the one that ships with the GNU Linux-Libre kernel cleaned of non-free binary firmware items. PureOS is recognized as completely free by the Free Software Foundation and placed on the recommended distribution list.
For those of you still unfamiliar with Purism, you should know that this is the company that develops the Librem 5 smartphone, a series of laptops, servers, and mini PCs shipped with Linux and CoreBoot.
PureOS, is a distribution that is focused on privacy and offers a number of options to protect the privacy of users. For example, a full set of tools is available to encrypt data on disk, the package includes the Tor Browser, DuckDuckGo is offered as a search engine, the Privacy Badger plugin is pre-installed to protect against tracking of user actions on the Web and HTTPS Everywhere is pre-installed for automatic forwarding to HTTPS.
PureBrowser (Firefox rebuild) is used as the default browser, plus the desktop is based on GNOME 3 running on Wayland.
PureOS 10 Main New Features
The most remarkable innovation of the new version is compatibility with "Convergence" mode, which offers a responsive user experience for mobile and desktop devices.
The key development goal is to provide the ability to work with the same GNOME applications on both a smartphone touch screen and large laptop and PC screens in combination with a keyboard and mouse.
The application interface dynamically changes based on screen size and available input devices. For example, when using PureOS on a smartphone, connecting the device to a monitor can turn the smartphone into a portable workstation.
The PureOS Store App Manager leverages AppStream metadata to create a universal app catalog where apps for smartphones and large screen devices can be distributed.
The installer has been updated, in which there is support for configuring automatic logon, the ability to send diagnostic information to analyze problems during installation, and network installation mode has been improved.
The GNOME desktop has been updated to version 40. The capabilities of the libhandy library have been extended, many GNOME programs can now adapt the interface for different types of screens without changes.
Of the others changes that stand out:
- Added VPN Wireguard.
- Added Pass password manager using gpg2 and git to store passwords in ~ / .password-store directory.
- Added Librem EC ACPI DKMS driver for Librem EC firmware, allowing user to control LEDs, keyboard backlight, WiFi / BT LEDs, and get battery level data.
Also, the new version is scheduled to ship on a variety of Purism products, including the Librem 5 smartphone, the Librem 14 laptop and Librem Mini. To combine the interface for mobile and fixed screens in one application, the libhandy library is used, which allows you to adapt GTK / GNOME applications for mobile devices (a set of widgets and responsive objects is provided).
For container images, repeatable build support is provided to ensure that the provided binaries match their associated sources. In the future, it is planned to provide repeatable sets for full ISO images.
Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about this new released version, you can consult the details In the following link.
Download and get PureOS 10
For those who are interested in being able to test or install this Linux distribution on their computer, they should know that the installation ISO image of the distribution is available from the official website of the distribution.
The offered image of this new version supports booting in live mode and has a weight of 2 GB.