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The New Erra of Software/Hardware Security Born


#1

for long time i was searching for real secure OS to be installed on my hard drive. i didnt find any until i have faced Qubes OS. i dont want to explain anything , u can know about it by going to their website:- www.qubes-os.com

but the real security when the hardware and software meetings at the same point.

qubes-os going to be installed by default inside laptops called “librem” from “purism”.

they have fantastically fast laptops they can give u laptop with 32GB ram & i7 processor & 1TB SSD and much more.

Note:- the qubes-purism not yet done. u can say it still in the alpha stages but we hope it will be completed. c this :- https://twitter.com/Puri_sm/status/644963433293717504

purism main website:- https://puri.sm/

make your dream laptop (c the right side of the screen):- https://www.crowdsupply.com/purism/librem-15


#2

Good day,

seeing Purism and Qubes team up is definitely a good thing. Personally, I’ve staid away from the Librem campaign in fear of the device simply not being produced at all, like it has happened with a lot of interesting crowd funding campaigns, but they seem to currently ship the promised devices, so I might look into buying one, even though, to be honest, against every security concept imaginable I currently have my eyes laid on the new Surface line.

Have a nice day,

Ego


#3

yeah true it is a good one , the moment to be 99.999% sure that u r safe even from NSA is to have heavy duty laptop with fully open source hardware.

purism provide secure BIOS and chips that dont initiate program installing without the user awareness. but it still using intel for example for their processor.

so i think the perfect future form is to have Qubes-Whonix + librem fully opened source = i think its going to be best anon-secure laptop ever made for the public.


#4

(qubes-os.org not .com)

Good find, this is definitely a really cool partnership and product. I will definitely be looking more into this, I have a current laptop and no need for a new one, but I know a few people that will love this.


#5
(qubes-os.org not .com)

yeah, thnx for the correction. :slight_smile:

Good find, this is definitely a really cool partnership and product. I will definitely be looking more into this, I have a current laptop and no need for a new one, but I know a few people that will love this.

its not just having laptop, for example most laptops doesnt give TPM (used in anti evil protection) in BIOS or even sometimes VT-x. but with librem it is a must to c these options there.

for more about hardware compatibility:- https://www.qubes-os.org/hcl/

and here is the same , i will look forward to buy one in the future ;).


#6

Hi,
I maybe can’t help you but last year I heard that Russia Federation was being to tranfer the informatics environment out of Intel tecnhology ( x86 and x64 ) because a Russian expert supposed a hardware backdoor .
I remember that Putin is being change the all national security system to arm architecture .
Do you know more about this ?

( of course, lefting out conflict USA-Russia, our interest is informatics environment )


#7

Good day,

yes, the Russians are developing their own CPUs, like the elbrus using an ancient 65nm structure. However, these seem to be far from finished and even if they were available and supported in a reasonable manner, I wouldn’t trust the Russians over the Americans, in areas like technology. In other areas (politics, economy, etc.) Russia is objectively the “lesser evil” over the US, however, in the area of technology and government surveillance, I think they are just as bad. In the case of the CPUs, the only question is, who rather should have access, the Russian Federation, or the United states.

Have a nice day,

Ego


#8

Qubes and Purism announced a partnership today – Qubes will be preinstalled on Librem laptops along with (Debian/Linux-kernel-based) PureOS:

                Purism partners with Qubes,  offering Purism’s freedom-focused hardware bundled together with Qubes’ security-focused operating system.

Purism, maker of the privacy, security-focused Librem laptops
forms a partnership with the security-focused operating system Qubes OS,
to ensure users are as protected from modern-day security threats as
possible. Conventional security approaches such as antivirus and malware
detection programs are no longer enough to keep out sophisticated
attackers; Qubes OS isolates the operating system’s components allowing
for a more optimal security model than Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX
can provide.

San Francisco, CA and Poland – (PRWEB) December 08, 2015

In the midst of growing concerns about identity theft, Internet
privacy, cybersecurity and digital rights, Purism, maker of the privacy,
security, and freedom-focused Librem laptops has announced a
partnership with the security-focused operating system Qubes OS, to
ensure users are as protected from modern-day security threats as
possible.

This partnership will continue to evolve to push security for
users in a positive direction within the hardware manufacturing process.

Qubes OS provides security through “compartmentalization.” If a
user’s browser is compromised while visiting a website, for example, the
attacker does not gain access to other information or programs on the
system, such as sensitive documents, passwords, photos or personal data.
Conventional security approaches such as antivirus and malware
detection programs are no longer enough to keep out sophisticated
attackers.

Qubes OS isolates the operating system’s components allowing
for a more optimal security model than Microsoft Windows or Apple OSX
can provide.

In addition, Qubes comes with Whonix-powered Tor integration,
enabling the user to easily route network traffic through the Tor
anonymity network. Given these features, combining Qubes with Purism
Librem laptops is a natural fit – and users will benefit by being able
to order Qubes OS preinstalled on the Librem 13.

“We are pleased to partner with the Purism team both in offering a
certified Qubes OS laptop today, and in the future improving the
functionality and security of Purism laptops to ensure that users can
have the best of freedom, security and privacy in one convenient
package,” said Joanna Rutkowska, well-known security researcher and
founder of the Qubes OS project.

“We are ecstatic about the partnership between Purism and Qubes so we
can bring together our goals of privacy, security and freedom in
hardware with the best approach in software security. This union
represents the ideal approach to protecting users by default, without
sacrificing convenience or usability,” said Todd Weaver, CEO of Purism.
“Qubes OS is a natural fit with the Purism Librem laptops in both
functionality and ideology.”

The Librem: Privacy-Respecting Hardware

Purism’s goal with the Librem laptop is to offer a high-end computer
with a simple, out-of-the-box, privacy-enhancing experience. The Librem
laptop computer features privacy “kill switches” to physically shut off
the camera, microphone and data connection, deterring data thieves,
spies, cyberstalkers and hackers.

Librem 13:

The new Librem 13 is now shipping. It can be ordered at https://www.crowdsupply.com/purism/librem-13, for a base price of $1649 US, including Qubes OS.
Orders are shipped on a first-come, first-served basis in the order
they were received. There is an additional shipping charge of $80 for
orders outside the USA.

CrowdSupply will accept all forms of international currency including Bitcoin.

About Qubes OS:

Qubes OS is a security-oriented free and open source operating system
for personal computers. Recognizing there can be no perfect, bug-free
computing environment, Qubes aims instead to secure typical workflows
through controlled interaction and minimize the attack surface for
adversaries through compartmentalization.

Its architecture is built to enable a user to define different
security environments or “domains” on their computer based on their
threat model and manage their interaction with each other. This allows
the user to control the level of access an application has to other
information, protecting confidential work both from compromise and from
exfiltration.

It can run Debian, Fedora, Whonix, and even Windows-based applications within this environment. For more information, visit: https://www.qubes-os.org

About Purism:

Purism’s goal is to manufacture secure, freedom, and
privacy-respecting computers, leading the way in protecting your digital
life by making security and privacy simpler — so protecting your
privacy is easier than giving it up.

Purism is devoted to providing the
highest quality hardware available, with the goal that the user’s data
is kept private and is secure from hacking, malware, spyware, identity
theft and other threats that cannot be prevented with antivirus or
malware detection alone. Purism is based in San Francisco, California,
and its products are assembled in the United States from components
manufactured and sourced internationally.

Privately held and privately
funded, Purism has raised over $861,000 to date solely with crowd
funding, making the Librem laptops one of the top three most successful
crowd funded PC hardware projects in history, according to ZDNet, and
the #1 crowd funded hardware project on Crowd Supply.


#9

wow , thank you very much for your explanation , i really appreciate all your efforts for typing this. great news before sleep :+1: :rose:.


#10

Update: Pursim hardware doesnt seems to be as privacy respected as the company claims. mentioned by libreboot:

https://libreboot.org/faq.html#will-the-purism-laptops-be-supported


#11

Update: the Qubes partnership with Purism is apparently inactive.

(Not due to libreboot criticism. Don’t want to imply any connection.)


#12

Thanks Patrick I no longer work for Purism and I don’t really know what they’re up to. I’m sorry I’m still seemingly out there in cyberspace putting my good name on this project and convincing my influencers to write about him or back the projects.

Not surprised Qubes has backed down.