The High Price of Purism | LAS 405

The High Price of Purism | LAS 405

Is the Librem 15 the ultimate Linux laptop? We review Purism’s Librem 15 laptop, crowd funded and pitched as “the first high-end laptop in the world that ships without mystery software in the kernel, operating system, or any software applications.” Does it live up to the promise? Have we found the true Linux powered MacBook killer?

Plus Linux Mint gets attacked, Ubuntu Touch on hardware you really want, why real ZFS support on Linux is near….

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Librem 15 Review

Chris announces his backing of the Librem 15
Todd from Purism Interviewed: Perfect Linux Laptop | LUP 69

The founder of Purism Librem 15, a laptop that promises to respect your freedom and be the perfect Linux machine joins us to discuss the hardware, software & goals of the project & how he hopes to encourage manufacturers to free the entire stack. But are the goals of this project too ambitions? We’ll ask!

Pursim Claims Three Months Ago Orders are Shipping Better Built than MacBook

Original Specs

Librem 15 Specs

  • Librem 15: A Laptop That Respects Your Rights | Crowd Supply
  • 15.6″ diagonal LED backlit 1920×1080 FHD (Full High Definition) pixel display
  • 4 Core (8 Threads) 2.3GHz Intel i7-4712MQ
  • Intel 4600 HD Graphics, and
  • nVidia GT840M Graphics
  • 375mm x 244mm x 22mm, 2.0Kg
  • 14″ x 9.6″ x 0.86″, 4.4lbs
  • 4GB memory (up to 8GB)
  • 500GB HD (up to 1TB HD or 250GB SSD)
  • CD/DVD ROM Drive
  • 48 Wh lithium polymer battery
  • 65W power adapter
  • Up to 8 hours usage
  • Three USB ports
  • One HDMI port
  • One Pop-Down RJ45 Network port
  • 802.11n WiFi
  • 720p camera
  • Full-size backlit keyboard
  • SDXC card slot
  • Purism 64bit GNU/Linux Operating System (Trisquel based)

Upgrades I added

Librem 15 as Speced

Librem Laptop – Earliest Bird

  • Memory: 8GB +$100
  • Storage: 500GB SSD +$275
  • Drive Bay: CD/DVD ROM
  • Screen: Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Keyboard: English (US)
  • AC Adapter Power Plug: US

Crowdfunding pledge, expected to ship April 2015

Qty 1 $1,824.00 ea.

Backed on Nov 22, 2014
Shipped on Feb 10, 2016
Shipped 286 days late! Originally expected to ship on April 2015

What I Got (different from what I ordered)

  • CPU Core i7-5557U CPU (2 Core, not 4 Core, but Broadwell instead of Haswell. Should be Skylake by now)
  • GPU Intel Iris 6100 (Not an Nvidia GPU)
  • No “Pop-Down RJ45 Network port”

The Fan Noise

Bottom of Librem with Case Off

Enemy #1 the Librem 15 is really loud. Too loud to use when on mic, and too loud to focus when working. It had to be solved.

Things attempted:

  1. Power management under Pure OS
  2. Re-Load the system to Ubuntu 16.04 and check for drivers/firmware
  3. On suggestion from the IRC, installed Windows 10.
  4. Installed Arch, tried messing with an Intel_pstate controller.
  5. Unplugged Fan!

No Ethernet

No Ethernet Port om Librem

Media production sucks over Wifi. For me, a high-end laptop needs to have Ethernet, my workflow basically requires it. So I had compensated by buying a USB-C adapter.

Anker USB-C to 3-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Ethernet Adapte

Pros

  • It is well built, compares with any other well built PC laptop very well.
  • When plugged in, speed feels very responsive.
  • Easy to hold, feels good in the hand.
  • LG screen is high-end, has some side address challenges.
  • USB-C is kinda cool, want to play with that more.
  • Very easy to nuke and pave. Did not have trouble loading any distro, or even Windows.
  • It is undeniably unique, and rare. That’s sorta special, and feels a bit like a kit car at the same time.
  • More Pictures

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Endless PCs

Desktop App Pick

Osmo Screenshot

Osmo is a handy personal organizer, which includes calendar, tasks
manager, address book and notes modules. It was designed to be a small, easy
to use and good looking PIM tool to help to manage personal information.
In its current state the organizer is quite convenient to use – for
example, the user can perform nearly all operations using the keyboard.
Also, a lot of parameters are configurable to meet the user’s
preferences. On the technical side, Osmo is GTK+ based tool which uses
a plain XML database to store all personal data.

Weekly Spotlight

Log.io Screenshot

Harvesters watch log files for changes, send new log messages to the server, which broadcasts to web clients. Log messages are tagged with stream, node, and log level information based on user configuration.


— NEWS —

MINT Hacked: Beware of hacked ISOs. Reset Forum Passwords

Linux Mint Hacked Site Source Screenshot

We were exposed to an intrusion today. It was brief and it shouldn’t impact many people, but if it impacts you, it’s very important you read the information below.

What happened?

Hackers made a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it, and managed to hack our website to point to it.

Check your ISO

Once in the live session, if there is a file in /var/lib/man.cy, then this is an infected ISO

  • Bad version of linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso is :

7d590864618866c225ede058f1ba61f0 / CD6DEF080EC08BC0D6159A7168F2F85800EB93C1

  • Clean version of linuxmint-17.3-cinnamon-64bit.iso is

E71A2AAD8B58605E906DBEA444DC4983 / EA7C906066D2D8E63FC6C0175482196F13AEF8DE

This case is actually a same old flaw’s story: looks like the system was exploited via web admin panel abuse by HTTP access (sorry, can not tell you which web panel right now) using the tools that can send rapid packet fetch/wget requests (later on we know that the malware discussed here also have that function), the root privilege was gained via crontab UID (root, indeed), and practically overall server’s security was compromised from that hole. And the bad guys was compiling nasty downloader/IRC Bot backdoor (known previously named as TSUNAMI) with deleting all source traces+logs related, thus run & hide its service using the fake bash process (ever see a BSD system with bash shell process before? *smile*).

man.cy from malicious Linux Mint iso

man.cy from malicious Linux Mint iso

All forums users should change their passwords.

It was confirmed that the forums database was compromised during the attack led against us yesterday and that the attackers acquired a copy of it. If you have an account on forums.linuxmint.com, please change your password on all sensitive websites as soon as possible.

The database contains the following sensitive information:

  • Your forums username
  • An encrypted copy of your forums password
  • Your email address
  • Any personal information you might have put in your signature/profile/etc…
  • Any personal information you might written on the forums (including private topics and private messages)

ZFS filesystem will be built into Ubuntu 16.04 LTS by default

ZFS for Ubuntu

A new long-term support (LTS) version of Ubuntu is coming out in April, and Canonical just announced a major addition that will please anyone interested in file storage. Ubuntu 16.04 will include the ZFS filesystem module by default, and the OpenZFS-based implementation will get official support from Canonical.

You’ll find zfs.ko automatically built and installed on your Ubuntu systems. No more DKMS-built modules!

Canonical Presents Sony Xperia Z1 and OnePlus One as Ubuntu Phones

OnePlus and Xperia

“Today, we’re celebrating the arrival of two new Ubuntu phone community ports! If you’re the lucky owner of a Sony Xperia Z1, you will soon be able to download an image to turn it into an Ubuntu phone and PC! Alternatively, if you’re the owner of a OnePlus One you will be able to flash and use Ubuntu on your phone,” Thibaut Rouffineau explained.

We owe a big thank to the Ubuntu community for porting Ubuntu to these devices and especially Marius Gripsgard for his work on the OnePlus One! More widely, this is a meeting of the minds with phone vendors who have been pushing open source in their devices and their developer community for a while. The Sony open source efforts in particular have been essential to this work. Similarly OnePlus’ commitment to open source has helped tremendously towards this port becoming available.

Getting Started | Mimic by Mycroft and VocaliD

Mimic is a fast, lightweight Text-to-speech engine developed by Mycroft A.I. and VocaliD, based on Carnegie Mellon University’s FLITE software. Mimic takes in text and reads it out loud to create a high quality voice. Mimic’s low-latency, small resource footprint, and good quality voices set it apart from other open source text-to-speech projects.

Mimic is a lightweight run-time speech synthesis engine, based on
Flite (Festival-Lite). The Flite project website can be found
here: http://www.festvox.org/flite/ – further information can be found
in the ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS file in the Mimic repo.

Microsoft Brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux To Azure

Red Hat Azure Cake

Microsoft is now selling Red Hat Enterprise Linux licenses. Starting today, you will be able to deploy Red Hat Linux Enterprise (RHLE) from the Azure Marketplace and get support for your deployments from both Microsoft and Red Hat.

Being recognized as a Red Hat CCSP means Microsoft Azure is a trusted destination for customers to move their Red Hat subscriptions, as part of the Red Hat Cloud Access program. Red Hat products enabled for Cloud Access include Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and above and 7.1 and above, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat and Red Hat Gluster Storage.

In the announcement made on February 17, 2016, Microsoft brags with the fact that it loves Linux and that more than 60 percent of their Azure cloud images are based on Linux.

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