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DeveloperPurism (company) and community contributors
OS familyLinux (Unix-like)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Latest releasePureOS 10.0 / 19 November 2021; 8 months ago (2021-11-19)[1]
Kernel typeLinux kernel
user interface
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websitepureos.net

PureOS is a Linux distribution focusing on privacy and security, using the GNOME desktop environment.[2][3][4] It is maintained by Purism for use in the company's Librem laptop computers as well as the Librem 5 smartphone.[5][6]

PureOS is designed to include only free software, and is included in the list of Free Linux distributions published by the Free Software Foundation.[7][8]

PureOS is a Debian-based Linux distribution, merging open-source software packages from the Debian “testing” main archive using a hybrid point release and rolling release model.[9] The default web browser in PureOS is called PureBrowser, a variant of GNOME Web focusing on privacy.[10] The default search engine in PureBrowser is DuckDuckGo.

The mobile interface of PureOS, Phosh, the GNOME mobile shell, developed by Purism and GNOME (2018-05)[11]

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  1. ^ "True Convergence is Here: PureOS 10 is Released for all Librem Products". Purism. 2021-11-19. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  2. ^ Vaughan-Nichols, Steven (2019-03-07). "PureOS: One Linux for both PCs and smartphones". ZDNet. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  3. ^ Evangelho, Jason (2019-03-25). "My First 24 Hours With Purism's Librem 15 v4 Laptop And PureOS". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  4. ^ Roston, Brittany (2015-06-22). "Librem 13 laptop focuses on privacy with PureOS". SlashGear.com. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  5. ^ "PureOS – a pure Linux phone experience". Purism. Purism. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Exploring the Librem 5 Free Phone". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  7. ^ Robertson, Donald (2017-12-21). "FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions". Free Software Foundation. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  8. ^ "Free GNU/Linux distributions". www.gnu.org. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
  9. ^ "PureOS Rolls On as Stable". puri.sm. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 2021-10-10.
  10. ^ "An Epiphany regarding Purebrowser". Purism. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 June 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Librem 5 design report #5". Purism (company). 10 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2020.

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