Why is Purism developing PureOS?
There are a few things about Purism that are perplexing to me. PureOS is one of them. I never understood why Purism is developing its own operating system. There are already plenty of excellent operating systems available - Debian, Ubuntu, Arch, Qubes, etc. I imagine that most potential Purism laptop customers are already satisfied with an existing OS. They just want a machine that respects their freedom more than what they have now.
If the primary goal of Purism is to produce a laptop that is as free and open source as possible, then why spend spend your precious, limited resources making an OS? I can understand a large company like Apple, Microsoft, or Google trying to handle both the hardware and the software, but for a tiny company like Purism, it doesn’t make much sense. It seems like it would make more sense to focus all your efforts on one product that differentiates you from your competitors. The Librem laptop is this product.
I am eager to receive my Purism laptop, but I think I can speak for a lot of customers here. We would much rather have a laptop with fewer delays and backorders, better build quality and refinement, a better display, better Coreboot support, etc. than yet another gnu/linux distribution.
What is the reasoning behind spending your resources on things like PureOS?