Yes, yes, yes.
Discoverability and up-to-dateness of information is a recurring topic here. And puros.net certainly does not live up to it’s potential, and the wiki does neither. A rather youg addition, docs.puri.sm looks promising.
Also, I think there is some behind-the-scenes work going on on PureOS. What is currently “Software”, will soon be the PureOS Store with some customizations to promote interesting apps. It would go hand in hand with the online search (software.pureos.net), which is not yet publicly announced and seems to be in beta stage.
As thought for food, I sometimes wonder, if some of the available information is deliberately not yet made as comprehensive as it should be, so they don’t get too many customers who’d rely on it
I think the systems are usable by beginners, but I’d say it works best for those who know a Linux guy.
And that’s not even to say it is more complicated than using Windows.
I think it is not, and François showed they are on a good way.
But people who are uncomfortable fixing minor things on Linux would most likely also ask a Win-Dude to help them with their Win box.
No, no, no.
Compromise leads to… compromise. (what on odd word in English…)
There are so many problems with caring for Windows
- sends the wrong message (“well, Linux is not quite ready, so if you have a need, use Windows”)
- sets a wrong incentive (“how do I… ah, scrap it, I’ll just boot Windows. Hm. Actually, I can do everything here. I’ll stay.”)
- would distract Purism from more important topics
- There are security implications. Given that HEADS and FullDiskEncryption are in place, a Win partition could hardly compromise the security of the Linux partition, but most likely you’d want a shared data partition anyway…
There are better alternatives. People who really want to get away from Windows should try hard. I understand it does not always work, but using it should be the exception. If one can not do the majority of things on Linux, they should think again why they want a Purism laptop
- For that one app you need, keep the old laptop. (<-- simple, yet effective )
- Or try a Win VM.
- Or even a ReactOS VM.
I’ll actually try ReactOS in the next months, as I need to use a tool that’s unfortunately not available for Linux (KNX ETS).
And while I admire the work of the Wine guys, I didn’t list it here, because it’s a bit a odd to run Win binaries directly on a privacy respecting, secure, pure OS. It’s like walking with dirty boots on a white floor.