I am genuinely curious how many people use PureOS long term?
Let’s not make this a pissing match of ‘my distro can beat up your distro’ but please post your experience. What is the longest amount of time you have used PureOS and what version?
I have really tried to make PureOS 9 work multiple times over the last few years and end up replacing it with a distro that lets me use the tools I want.
- It came pre-installed on my Librem 15. Lasted 2 months until I was sick of not being able to install 32bit apps.
- At another point I gave up on 32bit legacy apps and used PureOS for few months but couldn’t get KDE or Powershell Core to run. I wasn’t using the extra security features so I moved back to another distro.
- 8 months ago I re-installed PureOS with pureboot and setup the Librem Key. I spent a while getting AWS, powershell, and vscode to work but now they won’t update and slowly stopped working. vscode plugins stopped first, now the whole thing wont run. Powershell wont update. Chrome stopped working last month (I know. Chrome = Bad to some people but I’m testing web sites in various browsers. It’s a real world use case.)
I’m giving up again which is unfortunate because I paid a premium for the additional security features. At least the hardware is still good. I can use the librem key with other distros and get most of the same security features. It never worked well on PureOS anyway. There are plenty of usability issues with the librem key that haven’t been addressed since the phone came along. In fact, it feels like the whole laptop platform has take a back seat. Forum posts and articles about the laptops, librem key, and pureboot are showing age while all new posts are about the phone.
I agree that the phone is the future of personal computing but wonder if Purism is a big enough company to handle both platforms effectively.