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


Models manufacturedEdit

Librem 13 and 15 laptopsEdit

As of March 2018, Purism had two laptop models in production, the Librem 13 (version 2[citation needed]) and Librem 15 (version 3[citation needed]).[2] Purism had already announced in December 2016 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.[10]

Librem 11 tabletEdit

A convertible tablet-to-laptop model, the Librem 11, was under development as of March 2018[2][11] and available for preorder.[12]

Librem 5 smartphoneEdit

In 2017, Purism started a crowdfunding campaign for Librem 5, a smartphone aimed not only to run purely on the free software provided in PureOS, but to "[focus] on security by design and privacy protection by default". Purism claimed that the phone would become "the world's first ever IP-native mobile handset, using end-to-end encrypted decentralized communication."[13] Purism cooperated with KDE and GNOME in its development of Librem 5.[14]

Plans for security on the Librem 5 include separation of the CPU from the baseband processor, which according to Linux Magazine would make Librem 5 unique in comparison to other mobile phones.[14] Hardware kill switches for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communication and the phone's camera, microphone, and baseband processor are also planned.[14]

The default operating system planned for Librem 5 is Purism's PureOS, a Debian GNU/Linux derivative, with a choice of either GNOME or KDE Plasma Mobile as the desktop environments.[14] Ubuntu Touch is also planned as a standard option for the operating system of Librem 5.[15]

Operating systemEdit

Initially planning to preload its Librem laptops with the Trisquel operating system,[16][17] Purism eventually moved off the Trisquel platform to rebase onto Debian for the 2.0 release of its PureOS Linux operating system.[18] As an alternative to PureOS, Librem laptops were originally announced as purchasable with Qubes preloaded,[19] but in July, 2017 Librem announced that Qubes was no longer an option for new orders.[20] In December 2017 the Free Software Foundation added PureOS to its list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions.[21][22]


In 2015, Purism began research to port the Librem 13 to coreboot[23][24][25] 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.[26] 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.[27] Since summer 2017, new Librem laptops are shipped with coreboot as their standard BIOS, while some older models can be updated.[28]


  1. ^ a b Miller, Paul; Krales, Amelia Holowaty (2017-08-23). "Librem 13 laptop review: physical security for the paranoid". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d Wallen, Jack (2018-03-26). "Purism Librem 13 review: This Linux-based laptop takes your privacy to the next level". TechRepublic. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-28. 
  3. ^ Kyle Rankin. "Purism Librem 15 Review". Linux Journal. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  4. ^ IEEE Consumer Electronics, Vol 5, Number 1, 2016 January, "Veillance Integrity by Design A new mantra for CE devices and services", pp. 33-143, By Steve Mann
  5. ^ Purism Aims To Build A Philosophically Pure Laptop, TechCrunch, Jan 23, 2015 by John Biggs (@johnbiggs)
  6. ^ Bridgwater, Adrian (2015-01-26). "Purism Librem: 100% open source crowdsourced 'high-end' laptop". Computer Weekly. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  7. ^ Armasu, Lucian (2016-08-29). "Purism Explains Why It Avoids Intel's AMT And Networking Cards For Its Privacy-Focused 'Librem' Notebooks". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  8. ^ Ung, Gordon. "Purism discovered how to make open-source software laptops even more open". PCWorld. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  9. ^ Armasu, Lucian (2017-04-12). "Purism Laptops To Use 'Heads' Firmware To Protect Against Rootkits, Tampering". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  10. ^ Weaver, Todd (2016-12-15). "Growing to Ship from Inventory in 2017". Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  11. ^ Baldwin, Roberto (2016-05-19). "Purism expands its line of privacy-focused devices to include a 2-in-1". Engadget. Retrieved 2017-04-15. 
  12. ^ "Purism Librem models comparison page". Purism. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  13. ^ Holwerda, Thom (2017-08-24). "Librem 5: a security and privacy focused GNU/Linux smartphone". OSNews. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-29. 
  14. ^ a b c d Byfield, Bruce (2018). "Librem 5 and the Challenge of the Free Phone". Linux Magazine. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-29. 
  15. ^ Verma, Ardash (2018-04-25). "Open Source Smartphone Librem 5 Will Officially Support Ubuntu Touch". Fossbytes. Archived from the original on 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-08-29. 
  16. ^ Linder, Brad (2014-11-19). "Purism hopes to crowdfund a high-end, open source laptop". Liliputing. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  17. ^ Rahl, Jon (2015-05-17). "Production and Shipping Update". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  18. ^ Weaver, Todd (2015-09-18). "Weekly Update on Librem Production 2015-09-18". Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  19. ^ Porup, J. M. (2015-12-14). "Qubes OS will ship pre-installed on Purism's security-focused Librem 13 laptop". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  20. ^ Purism (2017-07-04). "A shipping update for Qubes-related orders". 
  21. ^ FSF adds PureOS to list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions, Free Software Foundation
  22. ^ OpenNews: Фонд СПО признал PureOS полностью свободным дистрибутивом, OpenNET (in Russian)
  23. ^ Moberg, Larry (2015-07-20). "Freeing the BIOS: Memory Init". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  24. ^ Moberg, Larry (2015-08-14). "2015-08-14: Librem 13: Weekly BIOS Progress Update". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  25. ^ Moberg, Larry (2015-08-21). "2015-08-21 Librem 13: Weekly BIOS Progress Update". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  26. ^ Laurie, Duncan (2015-12-22). "Gerrit Code Review". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  27. ^ Alaoui, Youness (2017-01-05). "Diving back into coreboot development". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  28. ^ "Downloading and installing coreboot on Purism Librem devices – Purism". Retrieved 2018-04-02.