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Librem is a line of computers manufactured by Purism, SPC featuring free (libre) hardware and software.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The laptop line is designed to protect privacy and freedom by providing no non-free (proprietary) software in the operating system or kernel,[7][8][9][10] avoiding the Intel Active Management Technology,[11] and gradually freeing and securing firmware.[12][13] Librem laptops feature hardware kill switches[14][15][16] for the microphone, webcam, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi, and can be purchased air gapped.

Models manufactured[edit]

There are presently two laptop models in production, the Librem 13 (version 2) and Librem 15 (version 3). At the end of 2016, Purism announced[17] it would be preparing to move from a build to order production approach to a "ship from inventory" model with the new batches of Librem 13 and 15. A convertible tablet model, the Librem 11, is planned[18] and available for preorder, but does not have an exact availability date as of April 2017.[19] In addition, Purism is planning a smartphone product which may be part of the Librem line.

Operating system[edit]

Initially planning to preload its Librem laptops with the Trisquel operating system,[20][21] Purism eventually moved off the Trisquel platform to rebase onto Debian for the 2.0 release of its PureOS Linux operating system.[22] As an alternative to PureOS, Librem laptops were originally announced as purchasable with Qubes preloaded,[23] but in July, 2017 Librem announced that Qubes was no longer an option for new orders.[24] In December 2017 the Free Software Foundation added PureOS to its list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions.[25][26]


In 2015, Purism began research to port the Librem 13 to coreboot[27][28][29] but the effort was initially stalled. By the end of the year, a coreboot developer completed an initial port of the Librem 13 and submitted it for review.[30] In December 2016, hardware enablement developer Youness Alaoui joined Purism and was tasked to complete the coreboot port for the original Librem 13 and prepare a port for the second revision of the device.[31] Since summer 2017, new Librem laptops are shipped with coreboot as their standard BIOS, while some older models can be updated.[32]


Purism plans in January 2019 a phone named "Librem 5".[33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42] It will be run the free software, and phone's operating system is PureOS, but it will also run KDE's Plasma Mobile[43] and Ubuntu Touch.[44][45][46][47][48]


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  25. ^ FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions, Free Software Foundation
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  30. ^ Laurie, Duncan (2015-12-22). "Gerrit Code Review". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  31. ^ Alaoui, Youness (2017-01-05). "Diving back into coreboot development". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
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