Linux Distributions PureOS

PureOS – A User Friendly, Secure and Freedom Respecting OS

PureOS Review
Written by Martins D. Okoi

PureOS is a modern user-friendly Debian-based distro that uses exclusively free and open source software and it has the endorsement of the Free Software Foundation.

It’s said to have the best privacy-protecting apps that it ships with – which I guess is evident since I haven’t experienced any significant pop-ups yet.

On the whole, PureOS looks familiar owing to the fact that it runs GNOME desktop. Its screen is clutter free and being Debian-based, its operations and window functions are similar to that of Ubuntu.

Below is my list of its main features and why I will rate it.

PureOS Installation

The PureOS installation screen boasts a dark themed UI with the option to run PureOS live, use the Hardware detection Tool or Memory Diagnostic Tool in the advanced options section, or to install the OS on your hard drive.

PureOS Advance Options

PureOS Advance Options

Install PureOS

Install PureOS

Next up are the typical installation options to set language, location, account details, etc. Follow the installation steps to install PureOS

User Interface / User Experience

To someone coming from an Ubuntu distro that runs Gnome desktop, the UI is clean and I like its distraction-free outlook. Straight out of the box PureOS presents a consistent UI/UX across all its applications and its responsive allows for a swift workflow.

PureOS Apps

PureOS Apps

Desktop Environment

PureOS was one of the first distros to adopt Wayland-based GNOME desktop for user sessions and they have stuck with it since then while improving it along the way.

PureOS Gnome Desktop

PureOS Gnome Desktop

My favorite feature of the GNOME desktop is that I can keep my screen virtually empty. While some OSes are striving to lessen desktop clutter, GNOME allows us to take everything out completely.

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PureOS can be personalized using GNOME extensions and GNOME Tweak Tool with which you can go as far as changing your system’s fonts. It is 100% open source so you’re free to go through its source code and tweak it to your desire.

PureOS Customization

PureOS Customization

Default Apps

PureOS comes with LibreOffice suite for document creation along with Rhythmbox for music, Terminal, Pure Browser (Firefox-based), Kodi Medica Center, and ToDo for to-do lists.

PureOS Default Apps

PureOS Default Apps

The most interesting app I came across is boxes – with which you can create customized virtual machines.

App Store

PureOS is Debian-based and it uses GNOME so its app store is similar to that of Ubuntu. You can search for and install new apps without any hassle.

PureOS Software Center

PureOS Software Center

Software Updates

You have the options to manage your repositories, as well as tweak options like Developer options, update type and schedule, authentication, and other software.

PureOS Software Updates

PureOS Software Updates


On the whole, PureOS delivers an impressive performance. My assumption is that these days the least RAM in use is 2 GB so you should be able to run heavy programs without any worry.

I don’t see why I would leave Ubuntu for PureOS but it could be an okay replacement.

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Feel free to share your views on PureOS in the comments section below.

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About the author

Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.