Lunduke expressed interest in, among other things:
Making a call
Demonstrating the kill switches
Testing various carriers
However, even though he’s been very active off-forum since that thread, he hasn’t posted anything about the Librem 5 in a month. Presumably the performance was bad enough on the Aspen batch that it couldn’t be shown. However, Birch is supposed to be good enough to ship to customers, so while we wait for people to receive their phones and hope for homemade demonstration videos, is there any chance we could get these items demonstrated on a Birch Librem 5 by Bryan or another Purism employee?
Possibly. He is still listed as a team member on the website. I don’t think a lack of activity from him means he is no longer associated with the company.
I think Purism just has a lot of things they are working on for the phone and understands the delicate nature of showing too many things before they’ve had to time to work out the bugs. They are making progress however and so i don’t think there is any reason to sound the alarms.
This is just speculation of course (pure speculation ) but here is my guess at what happened: Bryan intended to post some videos and things but he did have a deal with Todd (or other Purism boss person) that he would show everything to Purism to get an OK from them before posting. Then when he said “OK now I am about to post this thing here” they said “no no no wait that does not look good for us!” so he waited, and is still waiting, for Purism to say it’s OK to post the things he wants to post.
As for what is going on with his communication, who the heck can even say? I’ve watched his videos for years and let me tell ya: Just because he said he’d make a video about this or that the week before and seemed totally enthusiastic about it, it doesn’t mean he’ll actually do it. There are countless examples of this that I’ve seen over the years.
So in this case, I’d say cool it on the conspiracy theories. This is probably just yet another case of Lunduke being Lunduke.
I am of the opinion that a week or two will reveal a lot. If there are issues as speculated on here Pure won’t be able to hide for much longer. I am sure they are acutely aware of the unrest from what is a minority by my reckoning. If some of this stuff, such as a vid of the L5 making a phone call for example, doesn’t get resolved Pure will be well aware of the power of social media to create a contagion that will be very bad for them.
I am sure they are feeling the pressure and I hope they have things in hand. I’m as invested as most here so follow with interest.