I mean his criticism lacks some finer knowledge for sure. I think he misses the point of the potential the L5 represents entirely. Like the fact that what he is holding is running the same desktop OS that the Librem laptops are shipped with just blows right past him. That’s never been done before. This very work is making the Pinephone useable.
Here is the thing, Purism needs to understand that the trust the company was given is quickly running out. If they wish to truly survive, more money needs to go into hiring more developers. I mean my own experiences with them have left me with this feeling of a company flying by the seat of their pants. The people in the middle. The ones we interface with, they are doing the best they can in the situation they are in.
However, I don’t get the impression it is sustainable. I feel like it is just Purism limping along until the next cash infusion occurs. Which may be necessary given the nature of the beast they are trying to tackle, but as someone looking for a new company to trust, it is not a good feeling.
As an established customer with several purchases made, I shouldn’t be made to question my loyalty several times during that timeframe.
I know full well that the software work being done here is massive, and the number of people working on it is pretty ridiculous. I applaud the efforts of all of them. Every last one. They are doing work that should be done by a team at least double to triple the size.
I’m still here because of them.
But I’m a unique customer in that regard.
In short, this guy misses the boat. But he isn’t wrong about some things, even if his motives can be questioned.