Let me start by saying I’m a customer of both Purism and Private Internet Access. I support both companies and I want both to do well! But there are aspects of the recent PIA-Purism announcement that could be really concerning. I hope this post can promote discussion, give feedback to Purism, and get answers to some specific questions.
- How will PIA be involved with Librem hardware? Will they be involved in design or manufacture of the phone or laptop hardware? Will these products be including PIA hardware components?
I think this question is extremely important to all Purism customers. The announcement makes it sound like the answer is yes.
- What is the thought process for PureOS involving pre-bundling software from for-profit companies? At what point between PIA and Candy Crush do we draw the line? Can we expect more bundling?
To me, it would be much better if the software was not bundled. I’d be fine if the first-time user is presented with a prompt or suggestion to install the software. I am curious to hear the rest of the community’s reactions.
Will all PIA software bundled with PureOS be 100% libre?
How do we ensure that these kinds of partnerships don’t become anti-competitive, for example, putting pressure on PureOS not to develop OpenVPN apps?
Thanks very much for any consideration of these questions. Like I said, I really want the best for Purism here and I really appreciate the goals it is working toward.