The new Librem laptops available for purchase with Monero offer an option to add a QubesOS operating system to any order. For Monero use exclusively, what are the security differences between PureOS and QubesOS?

  • Kinda related, since you mention it's an option, but I'd install whatever OS I chose myself, after cleaning any drive. – user36303 Oct 4 '17 at 21:12
  • @user36303 I simply don't know enough about PureOS yet. The answer to this question may also influence my decision to spend Monero to help crowdfund the new PureOS Librem smartphone puri.sm/shop/librem-5 – Seth Abrams Oct 4 '17 at 21:17
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    I don't either, it's kind of a drive by comment really :) Looking forward to see an answer from someone who knows both. Though IIRC PureOS is Ubuntu based, which kinda implies the host will run plenty of stuff, whereas pretty much everything in Qubes runs in app VMs, so that's one major difference. I suspect the main reason for PureOS is that it'll also run on their phones, but that is speculation. – user36303 Oct 4 '17 at 21:43

In general, QubesOS offers greater security than PureOS. With QubesOS, programs are run in their own virtualized environment. This could offer greater protection if the computer was infected by a malicious program. Here's a good summary comment.

Note that you can install QubesOS on a Librem device with any USB. You do not necessarily need to buy the USB stick from Librem directly.

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