Purism – Privacy And Security-Oriented Librem 5 Phone & Laptops?

Ever since the upsurge of cybercrime and stealing of personal information to be used fraudulently, many tech-savvy individuals have had to ensure they are safe and secure online. Top of their list of habits practiced while browsing the web includes using any software that guarantees user privacy and data security.

But software like VPNs sometimes tends to fail or do nothing to deter scheming hackers, making these people, institutions, and corporations to re-think their strategies and thus the birth of Purism.

Who is Purism?

Purism is very different from any other PC maker of today. It is a freedom-respecting computer manufacturer, founded in 2014 and currently headquartered in San Francisco. Ideally, it has an essential goal of merging the philosophies of a Free Software Movement with its hardware making process to offer top-level security, privacy, and freedom to its clients.

Security-Oriented Laptops and Phones for All

With a firm belief of ensuring all of its clients have secure devices, Purism manufactures a different crop of laptop computers. Their high-end laptops grant the user absolute control and access to its OS, software types installed and everything regarding the PC. Perhaps you are wondering why such make them so complex yet Windows and Mac are a lot simpler and friendly.

You see, conventional PCs are made with hardware chips and software that could betray you because they are made to track all you do, at least without your knowledge. Insider information even reports that their chips may stealthily transfer voice, networking, image or video signals to another server. This is aside from the chips housing malicious software like spyware, malware, and viruses, without your knowledge.

Unlike all of them, laptops by Purism are designed to guarantee your security, privacy, and freedom as they come with only carefully selected chips. Laptops made by Purism are growing in prominence and rightly, given the need for what this maker advocates for.

Librem 15 – the Desktop Replacement

Those looking for a PC that comes pre-installed with GNU/Linux are many, while those wishing GNU/Linux could be entirely free with no binary blobs are countable. Incredibly, those who value their security and privacy online are growing by the day.

The Purism Librem 15, a minimalistic-looking laptop, is the latest from this maker of top-dollar laptops. Of course, this PC is insanely expensive, what the manufacturer attributes to its uniqueness. And that’s why the brand has created something of a ripple in the industry and thereby attracted the eyes of critics and the computer reviewing community.

Before we review it at a glance, it is important to mention its predecessors: Librem 11 or The Transformer and Librem 13, or The Road Warrior. Both are several hundreds of dollars cheaper, though.


On the design aspect, Librem 15 is sleek and impressive with an anodized black chassis and a frame that feels smooth and solid. It arrives with 3.1GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, 4GB of DDR4 Memory and 120 GB SSD that is upgradeable. The picture looks striking too, thanks to its Intel HD Graphics 520 drivers. Other notable features are the two kill switches located at the hinge of the monitor. Overall, it can be compared to a high-end Macbook.


By default, all these PCs arrive with PureOS that also include stock Gnome 3.22. It runs on Wayland, a display successor of Xorg and the system accepts Debian/Ubuntu packages. It boots quickly, usually visually smooth and animated, thanks to its open-source graphics. There’s a lot to say about its software component, but when all’s said and done, Purism never disappointed.

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