I just bought a used #IBM #Thinkpad X60, with 4GB of RAM and a 480GB SSD, for 1030 RNB. The equivalent of about US$150 or 140 Euros. It definitely runs #Trisquel GNU/Linux (including #WiFi) and I'm hoping I can install #Libreboot on it.

I've spent a bit of time investigating what's involved in flashing the x60 with #Libreboot and sought some support from the #Trisquel community, who are very enthusiastic about it:

Today, I installed #PureOS for the first time. They only release a 64-bit version that follows the #GNU #FSDG (Free System Distribution Guidelines) so I've been waiting to own a 64-bit PC that doesn't need any proprietary blobs. Overall, the install experience was good, although IMHO the "password" advice is well out-of-date. There are a number of features I like, that the default Trisquel desktop doesn't have, like the #NightLight feature. I've been looking for something like that for a while.


Is it possible to change the DE in PureOS? I am not really a fan of gnome at all

@selea there has been some work done on a #Plasma edition:

I haven't tested this (still downloading the first batch of updates), but I presume that like any GNU/Linux distro, you can install the non-default DE of your choice from the command line, and choose it at login time.

@selea actually if I'm reading this blog post right, it suggests that #KDE is shipping as a secondary default DE in #PureOS and has for some time.


@strypey @selea

From what I heard, a number of folks were pissed off at the PureOS folks because before the fundraiser they said to both the gnome and KDE folks that they'd be equal citizens, but then afterwards it's basically been gnome, gnome, gnome.

I will put the caveat on this that this is just what I heard from others. I have no direct experience or opinion myself, beyond noticing that all their screenshots seem to be Gnome.

@Blort what it says in the blog piece from Jan 2018 is:
> a PureOS GNOME-first strategy, with other Desktop Environments (DEs), such as KDE, available and supported by Purism.

... and that their focus is bringing #GNOME up to par with #Plasma across both desktop and mobile. I don't know which fundraiser you're referring to (I believe there have been a number), when it was, or if they made public statements promising #KDE more than this before it.


Yeah I have noticed that too.
I have really tried given GNOME a chance, but I can't force myself to like it.
I do hope that it will chance soon


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