According to https://puri.sm/products/, the Librem 13 no longer comes with a built-in rj45 ethernet port. Is this correct? If so, why?
I prefer having a 15-inch laptop, but there is no ethernet on the Librem 15, so I planned to get the 13-inch model instead. Now, with the most recent updates, it looks like the 13 doesn’t have ethernet either. This is a deal-breaker.
A usb-to-ethernet adapter is not an appropriate substitute for a built-in PCI Express ethernet device. Relying on a usb networking device compromises the security assumptions of QubesOS. Even if you are willing to accept the security issues, setting up usb networking is still a major pain. The Librem 13 is supposed to be a “Qubes-certified laptop”, so having this limitation is very disappointing.
Is there any way to get a new Librem 13 with an ethernet port? Are there any of the older models with ethernet ports still available? Will any future models come with an ethernet port? If the answer is “no”, I will have to go elsewhere.