I’ve brought this up to Purism before but got hit with the “most people don’t want them” response as well. I figured that 17" models would also have better hardware due to having more internal space and better ventilation.
All-in-all I expect my laptops to perform comparably good to desktops - I need power.
@Caliga I think that a different study needs to be done on this specific company or at least Linux users. Power users tend to want 17" laptops more often than the casual base. I think the base tends to not care about anything other than getting a computer that isn’t too slow and costs as little as possible.
Always remember that when you’re talking about the base, you’re talking about the vast majority of people that don’t really care about the specifics of computers, and people like grandma and grandpa. Remember that Purism doesn’t really attract these types of people to begin with anyway.
That being said, Purism is still a small company. I expect they’d only supply the most demanded stuff until they have the money to branch-off in new, and more niche, directions.