One the best GNU/Linux I have ever used. It has GNOME vanilla desktop environment and based on debian testing so you get latest packages with flatpak support out of the box. Since it is a GNU/Linux distro it contains only free software and a good stability. GNOME integration is absolutely the best next to Fedora linux.
I'm glad that I didn't go looking at the video reviews of this os before I installed it on the second drive in my T430. This a very polished, professional, and enjoyable system. If I hadn't already installed Manjaro on my main drive, I would gladly install this as my daily driver, and indeed, frequently find myself hitting F12 at boot to go to it. Most of the criticism is easily addressed by reading the PureOS Wiki and its tips section. The Purism team has put together a great resource that explains how to add Tor to the browser, and FAQ's section shows in great detail how to add Firefox extensions, too. Very simple to do, and the pages walk you through the process with clear pictures. If I can find a nit to pick, it's that I have to tether my cell as a hot spot, but I don't really mind running it that way one bit, and haven't bothered to look for a solution. Every true FOSS os that I have tried has this same issue (e.g., Trisquel), and it's to be expected, given the philosophy behind the FOSS ideology. Once configured, which is quite easy given the quality of the documentation, it's a great system. If you're looking for a FOSS distro that's focus is on privacy and security, this is definitely an os worth looking at. I don't think the live usb does it justice. Purism did a great job with this. If it's compatible with your computer, I can highly recommended doing a full install of this. 10/10
Stable, some difficulties with gparted at installation processing with live CD/DVD (non automatic process).
Really stable, and well packaged.
Version: 7.0 Rating: 8 Date: 2018-12-13 Votes: 28
I'm still testing this distribution and I like it, but I'm more excited about the smartphone focused on privacy that is being developed with it, the Librem 5 phone, with PureOS instead of Android and kill switches.
I hope the developers make the most of this project and turn it into a viable platform. If I could put this OS into a smartphone and throw Android away I would certainly do it. Keep up with the good work!
PureOS is a Debian based GNU/Linux distro with a very lightweight look&feel. In it's current version 8.0 (beta) it's using a Gnome 3 Wayland session. The boot process is fast and shows a nice animation of the PureOS logo and some animation at the login screen. The desktop isn't cluttered with icons or side panels, it only shows a cool background image and the top bar with activities, the clock with the notification area and the status menu. The installed default browser is called PureBroswer and is based on Firefox with some additional plugins/settings for security/privacy. I discovered this distro recently while looking for information about Purism's Librem 5 phone and fell in love with this distro. ATM I'm using PureOS in a virtual machine, but I'm really tempted to change from Ubuntu to this distribution.
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