When did PureOS initially released?

Hello, community! Greetings to @mladen and @todd-weaver. I have questions regarding PureOS history after finding no satisfying source:

1) When did PureOS initially released?
Both Wikipedia and Distrowatch don’t give any clue nor exact source for this.

(as we all know for example Ubuntu was 2004, Trisquel was 2005, etc.)

2) Where did PureOS originated?

  • Was it France? As www.pureos.org appeared to be.
  • Was it United States? As Wikipedia stated.
  • Is www.pureos.org (not pureos.net) a part of Purism’s PureOS? I am confused with this France project with same name.

(as we all know for example Ubuntu was from UK, Trisquel was from Spain, etc.)

3) Is Distrowatch page correct stating it was France/2009? (link)

  • Who is Marc Poirette? See link above.
  • Is it correct to use Purism’s PureOS logo on that France distro with same name? See link above.

I hope I can get satisfying answers here. I need these data for my book I am currently writing about GNU/Linux which includes PureOS. Thank you very much in advance.

Best regards,


considering that PureOS is based on Debian it is safe to say that it’s got at least two decades worth of hard work behind it … it is GNU endorsed free-software so it’s easy to fork and modify yourself or if not by yourself then by somebody you pay to do it for you.