If you are a former Mac user who moved to a Purism Librem, I’d love to know your story.
- What motivated you to make the switch?
- How was the experience?
- Have you completely switched to FLOSS?
- Any advice for Mac users considering making the switch?
I would say I have moved from a Mac to Librem. I still am partially using both machines. I have an iPhone and my wife has my old Mac.
I have dabbled with Linux for a number of years. For me, it was after the the security holes that came up around 2012-2013. I started to look to move away from Mac around that time.
I saw my first true ability to do so when Dell made the Dell XPS-13 Developer with Ubuntu pre-installed. It worked fine, but it seemed still a bit unsecure.
I have not completely switched away as I still have my iPhone. Once I receive my Librem5, I will then cut all cords to my Apple ways.
I will say, if you are dabbling, understand that now, especially with Librem One, Purism offers about everything you will need to make that move completely.
For me, I will want to use an ultra-secure back-up method, other than locally in my home…i.e., something in the cloud.
I have a Librem 15 and love the device. It is ultra secure and I purchased it with a bunch of upgrades.
If you have not yet purchased a device, I can definitely recommend the devices.
I’m planning a move as well, but one problem I noticed is the Librem v4 laptop is not nearly as consistently quiet as the MacBook Pro. just during a simple PureOS installation process, the fan goes suddenly to full speed and back down again a few times. Not gradual increase/decrease as on my Mac.
Please do if you have time.
Don’t even try to compare recent Macbooks to Librems. Years away in both materials,
specs and feel.
The latest Librem can be compared to a 2012 Macbook by it’s thickness and feel.
Regarding software and OS, it’s a different question.
I moved from a MBP where I lived in the Apple garden since OSX came out. I have been all Linux all the time now, for the past year. I have tried the great Linux Desktop experiment almost every year since 1999. Finally 2018 was the year of success! I do still have an iPhone but Librem is not available yet. That may go too.
I must qualify this by saying I run Manjaro on my Librem 13/v3. I tried pureos but need a less strict OS to live in and work in daily.
I bought my Librem13 for the openness of hardware and the overall company ethics. If you are coming from a Mac you already pay a premium for hardware. Purism is less of a premium and to be honest I am not sure it is a premium as it holds up like a champ. There are cheaper machines but a clean Bios and hardware that just works is worth the extra, for me.
The biggest loss for me is Messages. The integration of the phone and laptop messaging is very nice. But not a deal breaker, obviously. I have retained some icloud services like calendar and contacts.
I work as a software developer and don’t use any proprietary software that cannot run on Linux which may be a deal breaker for some. To be honest look at alternatives before you just decide you can’t change. There is a lot of great software out there for Linux.