Purism is expanding its line of Linux-based computers with an emphasis on security, privacy, and open source software. The company’s new Librem 10 is a Linux-based tablet with a 10 inch display and a starting price of $599, while the Librem 11 is a higher-powered model with a bigger screen and a starting price of $999 for early backers of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Both tablets are expected to ship starting in September.
Purism has been running crowdfunding campaigns for Linux-based laptops for a few years, but the company has sort of shifted its sales pitch a bit in the past year or so. Instead of promising a completely open experience (since the BIOS typically uses proprietary blobs), the company is instead focusing on privacy.
One of the most unusual features of the Librem 10 and Librem 11 tablets will be “privacy kill switches,” which are hardware buttons that will disconnect the webcam, microphone, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht