I’m trying to get some guidance on what realistic expectations are for the average user to update PureBoot on the Librem 14. I have a few issues with what I’ve seen so far:
- The Getting Started Guide provides very little detail
- The firmware Releases README has very strong language discouraging users from updating their firmware in this manner (“The files in this repo are not intended for end users. They are intended to be used by official Purism update
mechanisms (eg, coreboot utility script), or downloaded
and applied manually when directed by Purism support staff.
Direct flashing or other use by end users without specific
instruction to do so is highly discouraged.”)
- The recommended option is to install a bunch of dependencies*, run a shell script, and compile the firmware? Seriously? What if users don’t want to install dependencies just to update their firmware?
*Several of these don’t appear to be in Fedora 37. I realize Librem 14 doesn’t come with Fedora installed, but I don’t believe these would be available in Qubes OS either, which you can get from Purism.
It sounds as though I can just download the ROM from firmware releases, extract it, put it on a USB, and install through PureBoot menu. Is that the case? If so, why the strong wording discouraging people from doing this? What would I lose or risk by going this route as opposed to running the coreboot utility and updater script