Every time I’ve used a Linux computer — at least, a Linux computer that’s not hidden behind the sheen of Chrome or Android — it’s been the exact same story: nothing ever works right the first time. So I was both excited and a little scared when I was offered a Librem 13 laptop from Purism. The $ 1,399 ($ 1,537 as tested) Librem 13 runs PureOS out of the box, Purism’s security-focused version of Linux. That means all the initial hurdles of getting Linux running on a system were solved for me. I wouldn’t have to worry about whether or not my Wi-Fi chipset was supported, or installing the right graphics drivers. All I have to do is just use the dang thing.
So, how did it turn out? Not great.
What is it?
The Librem 13 is a…