[talk] puri.sm laptops - Too good to be true?

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Fri Oct 6 12:44:03 EDT 2017

On 10/05/2017 11:42, Isaac (.ike) Levy wrote:
> Word,
> On Thu, Oct 5, 2017, at 02:25 PM, Charles Sprickman wrote:
>>> On Oct 5, 2017, at 2:11 PM, Isaac (.ike) Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Oct 5, 2017, at 01:05 PM, Brian Cully wrote:
>>>>> On 5-Oct-2017, at 11:40, Isaac (.ike) Levy <ike at blackskyresearch.net> wrote:
>>>>> Hey All,
>>>>> Has anyone heard anything good/bad about the laptops from Purism
>>>>> <http://puri.sm>?
>>>>> I can't believe my eyes they look too cool.  Like nearly every aspect of
>>>>> the laptop design.
>>>> 	And not too pricey. If I hadn’t just bought a new laptop, I’d be eyeing one of these seriously.
>>>>> Big scary question marks for use as a *BSD laptop: Sleep/Resume?
>>>>> graphics not sucking? etc...
>>>> 	My experience with Intel HD graphics on FreeBSD has not been particularly good, even with TrueOS, whereas it works pretty flawlessly on Ubuntu. The other thing is the usage of the Atheros WiFi chipset, which was super bad for me over USB, although this at least is PCI, and my understanding is that the support there is a lot better.
>>>> 	One last thing, for me at least, would be just how bad the touchpad is. I’ve never had a good touchpad outside of the Mac laptop lines.
>>>> 	Thanks for the heads-up, though. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye on this.
>>>> -bjc
>>> This fella, Eric McCorkle, seems to have been using one for FreeBSD last
>>> summer:
>>> https://ericmccorkleblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/16/freebsd-librem-update/
>>> Some year old comments on the trackpad etc...  nothing damning.  Boy I'd
>>> love one in my hands for a day to scope the reality of the hardware
>>> before I bought one…
>> There seems to be lots of controversy about the claims this company has
>> made.
>> Are the points in this older article now moot or not?
>> https://www.pcworld.com/article/2960524/laptop-computers/why-linux-enthusiasts-are-arguing-over-purisms-sleek-idealistic-librem-laptops.html
>> <https://www.pcworld.com/article/2960524/laptop-computers/why-linux-enthusiasts-are-arguing-over-purisms-sleek-idealistic-librem-laptops.html>
>> https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Purism-Librem-Still-Blobbed
>> <https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Purism-Librem-Still-Blobbed>
>> And having to go back to 2008 for true Stallman-approved FreeDom:
>> https://www.pcworld.com/article/2879086/the-free-software-foundation-loves-this-laptop-but-you-wont.html
>> <https://www.pcworld.com/article/2879086/the-free-software-foundation-loves-this-laptop-but-you-wont.html>
> Fascinating.  For me, not sure I care about FSF stamp of approval, (the
> *BSD's don't have that, so...)
> The other bits about proprietary components, well, reality strikes.
> I think these older claims about 100% open hardware are indeed not quite
> possible right now.  Yet, compared to what I've been looking at lately,
> this gear seems *way* saner - and I'm just excited that their Linux
> distro is all about no-binary-blobs.  Very encouraging for solid *BSD
> support!
> Will I ever "100% trust" my hardware?  Never have.  Unless I make it all
> from scratch, (mine the ore for the copper), no.
>> There is a rant out there somewhere that I read recently that without
>> ditching proprietary BIOS/UEFI/blobs, this laptop is no more secure than
>> anything else on the market.
>> Hey, have you considered a MBP? :)
> I'll assume you are kidding :P
> http://www.nycbug.org/index.cgi?action=view&id=10356
> Since that talk, I've happily switched from OpenBSD to FreeBSD for my
> primary personal rig- and *love it*.
> Why I don't want a MBP (was given a shiny new one at work):
> - I no longer want anything to do with Mac OS.
> - USBc, *nothing but USBc*.  That blows for so many reasons.
> - USBc - requires data exchange just to *charge the rig*
> - Bag full of adapters and peripherals.
>    - Apple USBc mixed up wth thunderbolt, and bang DMA!!!  What could go
>    wrong!
> - Simply not interested in running anything but OSX on this hardware.
> Other Lenovo/Dell-XPS models I've been angling for:
> - USBc charging
> - Lots more proprietary hardware
> - More dependence on bluetooth and gimmiky crapola
> - Most of them: HDD/RAM soldered down, Particularly the HDD, that bugs
> me!
> So, with that tip-of-the-iceberg ranting done, this Purism rig seems
> almost too good to be true- *for me* :)

i'm in the same boat as you .ike in regards to MBP and macOS in 
general.  i got myself a System76 latptop a couple months ago and i'm 
actually really happy with it.  the design of the laptop shell isn't 
super sexy tbh - but it does have a matte LCD screen which i'm really 
happy about since i work outside frequently.

i've been doing my hacking of the updated drm-next code on this guy as 
well - so gfx have been pretty great if you don't mind running current 
on freebsd.  my understanding is that openbsd also has support for the 
i915 gfx as well, but i'm not %100 sure it's fully accelerated - but i 
suspect stability would be much better! :)


this is a bit out of date but should give you an idea as to the hw specs.


Pete Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org

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