[PureOS] Bits from PureOS | Hephaestus

Jeremiah C. Foster jeremiah.foster at puri.sm
Thu Sep 26 12:45:03 PDT 2019


If you didn't know - "Amber" is out! It's full name is "The new stable
release of PureOS 9.0 Hephaestus codename Amber." Hopefully you didn't
notice, although we've recently had a blog post.[0] 
If you didn't notice it is because the entire process was quite smooth.
I firmly believe this stable release will help our customers.

We need release notes for Amber, there have been a couple requests for
them. I think that maybe we can do a high-level info page? Or something
along the line of a "NEWS" page? Feedback most welcome.

Also, you'll note that I said PureOS 9.0 above but that the actual ISOs
say PureOS 8.0. What gives? Well the change will be made shortly as we
update the myriad places we have the version number.

Apropos downloads, we have a new mirror page[1] and new mirrors[2] as
well as the requisite blog post.[3] We've had discussions about mirrors
before but when the topic came up again on Riot there was an urgency
that matched the need I think and slow downloads will only get slower
as we add devices. I've put in a request to the FSF to add PureOS to
their mirror[4] and while they're busy, the response was generally

There has been a bit of pause in forward movement of reproducible
builds. This is largely due to the fact that the cron jobs needed
updating since 'green' became 'amber' but that has been fixed and I
believe we should have some good data to work with. The diffs from
diffoscope have been shrinking in size but I worry that not all the
software in our amber release, which is based on Buster, is patched to
the latest versions needed for a "clean" diffoscope run. I'm also
having trouble with diffoscope getting killed now, I'll document that
in a bug report on squash and friends. 

We also run some tarballs of a minimal PureOS image through diffoscope
and the diff is nice and small, but there needs to be some clean-up
before that URL is ready. 

I'm working on the RYF application for the Librem Key. I've been in
communcation with the FSF, hope to hear back soon.

More soon, thanks for reading!


0. https://puri.sm/posts/pureos-rolls-on-as-stable/ 
1. https://tracker.pureos.net/w/installation_guide/mirrors/
2. https://mirrors.sonic.net/pureos/repo/
3. https://puri.sm/posts/mirrors-for-speedier-downloads/
4. https://mirror.fsf.org/

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