PureOS joins Debian derivatives census

PureOS is the Debian-based Linux distribution by Purism for their laptops.  Jonas Smedegaard has apparently joined Purism to help with PureOS:

“I am long time Debian developer with a special interest in Pure Blends (a.k.a. friendly assimilation of derivatives into Debian). Since about a month ago I am hired by Purism to help develop PureOS – a Debian derivative for which I will act as Derivatives Census contact.”


Hector Oron of Debian, who invited PureOS into the Debian Derivative census, made a few interesting initial comments evaluating PureOS, some things that need I hope Purism addresses:

“The page says that PureOS modifies Debian binary packages. It is quite rare that distributions modify Debian binary packages instead of modifying source packages and rebuilding them. Does PureOS actually do this? If so could you describe what kind of modifications you are making? If not I guess the page needs to be fixed. The apt repository for PureOS does not contain source packages [for the contrib and non-free section], including for packages licensed under the GNU GPL. This may or may not be a copyright violation depending on whether or not you distribute those elsewhere. In any case, please add source packages to your repository so that Debian can automatically create patches to be presented to Debian package maintainers.”

For more info, read the thread on the debian-derivatives@lists.debian.org mailing list.



Hardened Linux: coreboot and CHIPSEC

A bit more information on Hardened Linux’s use of CHIPSEC, in this case coreboot-centric:


“# Enabling some security features at runtime in case of which vendor provided implementation improperly.”


There aren’t many CHIPSEC-based codebases, Hardened Linux is one relatively new one.


Debian 9 “Stretch” released

Excerpts of announcement included below. For full announcement, see the debian-announce mailing list archives.

 After 26 months of development the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 9 (code name “Stretch”), which will be supported for the next 5 years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and of the Debian Long Term Support team. Debian 9 is dedicated to the project’s founder Ian Murdock, who passed away on 28 December 2015.

The UEFI (“Unified Extensible Firmware Interface”) support first introduced in “Wheezy” continues to be greatly improved in “Stretch”, and also supports installing on 32-bit UEFI firmware with a 64-bit kernel. The Debian live images now include support for UEFI booting as a new feature, too.

A total of ten architectures are supported: 64-bit PC / Intel EM64T / x86-64 (amd64), 32-bit PC / Intel IA-32 (i386), 64-bit little-endian Motorola/IBM PowerPC (ppc64el), 64-bit IBM S/390 (s390x), for ARM, armel and armhf for older and more recent 32-bit hardware, plus arm64 for the 64-bit “AArch64” architecture, and for MIPS, in addition to the two 32-bit mips (big-endian) and mipsel (little-endian), there is a new mips64el architecture for 64-bit little-endian hardware. Support for 32- bit Motorola/IBM PowerPC (powerpc) has been removed in “Stretch”.




Secure Boot BOF at DebConf17

Helen Koike of Collabora has proposed a BOF on UEFI Secure Boot at DebConf17, this August:

DebConf17 – BoF proposal to discuss secure boot
I want to send a BoF proposal to DebConf17 so we can meet there and discuss about secure boot. I would like to know if you are interested in attending and also which topics you suggest for discussion. I would appreciate if you could put your name and suggestions in this form in case you are interested https://goo.gl/forms/lHoEibY1H6FmSHSJ2 , or just reply to this email thread.

For full message, see the debian-efi mailing list archives.







Debian Live images now include UEFI support

Steve McIntyre gave an update on Debian official images to the debian-(cd, devel-announce,live,cloud) mailing lists. There’s a UEFI update on Debian Live images:
Live images – now including UEFI support

After a hiatus, weekly builds of live images for testing are now happening again. These cover amd64 and i386, and there is a separate image for each of the common desktop environments. Thanks to great work by Neil Williams, Iain Learmonth and Ana Custura on new tools (vmdebootstrap and live-wraper), these also include support for UEFI booting as a new feature. Please help test the images and give feedback:


See Steve’s message to the above-listed lists for the full post.



Debian 9 defers UEFI Secure Boot support

From the latest “Bits from the Release Team” message, it appears that Debian 9 will probably defer Secure Boot support to later.

Secure Boot
At a recent team meeting, we decided that support for Secure Boot in the forthcoming Debian 9 “stretch” would no longer be a blocker to release. The likely, although not certain outcome is that stretch will not have Secure Boot support. We appreciate that this will be a disappointment to many users and developers. However, we need to balance that with the limited time available for the volunteer teams working on this feature, and the risk of bugs being introduced through rushed development. It’s possible that Secure Boot support could be introduced at some point in stretch’s lifetime.

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