Hi, I’m completely new to the forum, apologies if I repeat questions previously asked, happy to be pointed to appropriate threads. I’m thinking of buying a Librem, but I’d like to try out PureOS first to see if I can manage (I’ve used Ubuntu before, but I’m no techie). I could potentially install it with a partition (Window 7 laptop) or on an old laptop (Window XP, which I could overwrite). I’d like to see if I can manage with libre office, including things like Mendeley for citations. Also if I can manage netflix, steam and skype on PureOS.
Any advice welcome, thanks.
Download, “burn” the ISO to USB drive, boot from it. You don’t have to install. You can, though. Note that PureOS does not include any proprietary drivers/firmware, therefore it is possible that some components of your computer might not work (like 3D graphic acceleration, bluetooth, wifi card).
We don’t include non-free software in PureOS, but if you can install it from third party sources, if you want and know how. We don’t provide support for this.
Thanks, I’ll give that a go and see how I get on.
If you write formal papers/publications, as I am guessing based on the second half of the quoted phrase, may I suggest starting to get a taste for TeX/LaTeX also? Installing LyX is a good intro.
I’m afraid I’ve fallen at the first hurdle. I’ve downloaded pureos to a USB. Now I don’t know how to boot from it. The computer thinks it’s an image.
Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve used LaTeX in the past, and may well do so again. But I work with colleagues and I have to use Word too. I find Menedeley much better than things like EndNote, and it’s free.
Instructions here: https://pureos.net/download.html The usb drive must be bootable.