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 Overall, the install experience was good, although IMHO the "password" advice is well out-of-date.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.
@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.
Ah nice, I hope that there will be more DE's in the future too :)
I do prefer KDE over GNOME - for some reason I did hate gnome back in 2001, but now I use MATE - which is "old-gnomish"
@selea #Mate is the default DE in #Trisquel. Based on my experience so far, I would recommend that over #PureOS for now. #Purism have still got a some work to do before both the OS and the #Librem apps and services are ready for primetime. Fair enough though, given the ambitious task they've set themselves, one that better funded companies like #Canonical and #Mozilla have tried and failed.
@selea @purism #Librem devices are well and truly out of my price range (see the OP). But I know a libre game developer who bought one of their laptops as his everyday workstation and loves it. I've bought a month of librem.one credit though, and if their #LibremTunnel VPN works from China, we'll be cancelling our #ExpressVPN account and supporting #Purism that way instead.
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