PureOS, a distribution for those most concerned about their privacy

PureOS screenshot

Privacy is something that increasingly worries more technology users. This has led to distributions focused on user privacy and security. One of the most popular and also unknown by many users is called PureOS. PureOS is a distribution that is based on Debian Testing of French origin.

PureOS is a distribution that is supported and maintained by the Purism company, the company behind Librem5, the free smartphone. And this will make PureOS the first distribution to be on the first Linux smartphone in history.

PureOS is a distribution that uses Gnome 3 as the default desktop and Wayland as the graphical server. PureOS is a FSF certified distribution, that is, it is a totally free and secure distribution, like other distributions such as Trisquel, gNewSense or Parabola, among others. This means that many computers that have problems with these distributions will also have problems with PureOS.

PureOS includes free software, totally free, something ideal for many users, but that makes us have fewer applications than we currently have in other Gnu / Linux distributions. In any case, PureOS offers very interesting scripts and customizations such as the Pure Browser configuration. Pure Browser is a Mozilla Firefox-based web browser that uses DuckDuck Go as the default search engine and https everywhere for browsing. PureOS is currently on its version 7 although we have to say that it is now ready to download the beta of version 8. A version that we can get through the official website of the distribution.

PureOS will be present in Librem 5, so if we want to use this smartphone it would be advisable to try this distribution, although having Gnome 3, its adaptation process will not be as hard as in other new smartphones or in other distributions.

Personally, I find this distribution interesting because it combines software with privacy and security, elements that we are putting aside every time but that are important for day-to-day work. The only downside I see with PureOS is its limitation when it comes to offering versions, that is, there are no "flavors" with alternative desktops and tools. And you, What do you miss in this distribution? Have you tried PureOS?

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  1.   wcd6 said

    Hello, I have a question about the first sentence of the fourth paragraph:

    "PureOS includes free software, totally free, something ideal for many users, but which means that we have fewer applications than we currently have in other Gnu / Linux distributions."

    According to the GNU site:
    "What is GNU ?, GNU is a free software operating system"
    Source: https://www.gnu.org/home.es.html

    If GNU is free software, how could it be that PureOs includes free software applications but has fewer free software applications than other distributions that are also GNU / Linux?
    If you have a free software compiler and you have access to the source code of other free software, you could compile it as in any available GNU / Linux distribution and you would have it.

    1.    Vicente said

      It refers to free software, it is true that there are many Linux distributions, but not all can boast 100% free software, for example, if a distribution includes Chrome, it is already discarded as free software, since this browser uses a proprietary license.

      Remember that Free Software is about freedom and not price.

  2.   Philip said

    @ wcd6 I think it refers to proprietary applications: other distributions (those not approved by the FSF) allow the packaging of proprietary software in their repositories, or rightly include it in the system. Therefore, they offer a greater range of applications

  3.   wcd6 said

    @filipo, you are right, my question was caused by assuming that the term "GNU / Linux" had only one meaning, and it did not, because it could mean:
    * a GNU with Linux, and where Linux is completely GNU.
    * a GNU with Linux, and where Linux can have parts that are GNU and others that are of one or more types.

  4.   luison said

    The author indicates privacy and security, but does not indicate anything about that. I explain.
    Disttro Kali, has thor, encryption, proxy soft and fw, but in this distro from what the author says, you have to believe his word, or you go to the distro's website and there you read and find out.
    A typical article by click-bitter-kas