I see this phrase used here often. And while I could reply at-length it really comes down to Economics 101. I’m a consumer and not one who cares much about the greater philosophy behind the device. The concept behind the Librem5 has more or less been discussed, and even tried in the past, and yet here we are 15 years later.
That phrase is just used to summarily dismiss the limitations being pointed out. According to the logic here, if the phone turns out to be a brick, then oh well, so be it because it was all in support of the movement.
If I want to support the Linux community, then I can make a $650 donation to any of a number of organizations.
I’ve been around, ya know. I’m not going to invest $650 into something that is sure to have quite a bit of problems during its first few iterations.
I’m a consumer. It’s a product. It’s not an investment. And it’s not a pet. However, that is exactly how some people here treat the Librem5… as if it is some beloved pet. Say something about the Librem5 that does not fit the agenda, and it is as if that poster went to someone’s house and kicked their dog or cat.
Based upon years of experience, I would bet heavily that Purism products will never grow beyond the geek and those “committed to the movement” markets.
Yes, due to Linux’s low usage, it will likely remain quite secure compared to Windows and Mac, but that argument is like saying “water is wet.”
If all of a sudden Linux were targeted to the same extent as Windows, then Linux would be smashed. There’s a lot of yet to be discovered vulnerabilities within the Linux ecosystem. Like I said, Linux provides security via obscurity - which is fine. Remember, I do this for a living ?
However, since people here are so emotionally involved in this project and they want the stated aspirations to succeed so badly, I know from experience that it is pointless to get into a long running debate about even obvious facts. That’s why I am signing-off after this.
That you spent so much time and effort creating your reply about malware and the state of Linux security with statements and data that are slanted to support your agenda is proof of the truth that I speak.
Peoples’ emotional responses will keep them biased and closed-off from discussing things within the basis of reality.
I am not here to convince anyone of anything. I don’t care what people decide to do with their money and whether or not they support some agenda. I know I don’t care about the philosophy behind the phone as much as what I will get for my money. I’m just a lowly consumer with money to spend.
However, most people here are trying to convince everyone else about things that just aren’t quite accurate. And I think they are trying to reinforce their beliefs by constantly evangelizing. In my profession it is common to see this kind of behavior whether it applies to hardware or software.
People here seem focused on Facebook. Facebook software should be the least of peoples’ worries. Applications within the context of the way they are so heavily discussed here are not the primary attack vector whether it is on Windows, Mac or Linux.
A message from your mother’s phone can result in your system being pwned. Scanning a malicious QR code is another. Exercising prophylaxis is a good start, yet it is not enough.
I am going to close my account, but watch… people here will continue to respond vociferously and emotionally to what I’ve posted.