Personally, I have never been so disappointed with an online community of which I’ve been part as I’m disappointed in this one today. The amount of grief I’ve taken both here and on /r/Purism in the last 48 hours has been absolutely stunning. Meanwhile Purism hasn’t corrected their lies. They haven’t provided any new information. They did however force Bryan Lunduke to create an account on the company forums and repost some previous tidbits, so I guess that is something.
In any event you all will be happy to know that I have begun the process of requesting a refund. If Purism wants me to shut my yap, providing me a refund is the absolute best way to ensure that. Once my financial ties to this floundering project have been cut, I’ll be more than happy to lurk and promise to only come out of the woodwork to gloat once this entire thing implodes and the time comes to say, “I told you so”.
On the other hand, I might be wrong. I’ve been wrong a lot in my life. I hope this is one of those times. If it is and Purism gets to the point where I can simply buy a FOSS powered, spyware free phone and have it immediately shipped to my doorstep then I’ll be more than happy to eat more words and pony up some extra cash for my penance. I would likely even apologize to the community for upsetting so many of you. Please believe me when I say that this was not my intention.
However one thing I won’t apologize for is taking this company to task and pushing them to live to their claimed standards of transparency, openness and social purpose. If that part of this is what is really ticking you off then you already know what I know: Purism is just another corporation and for better or worse they don’t deserve your inherent trust. My advice when it comes to any corporation is to judge them based upon their actions. Don’t judge them based on their slogans, marketing or press release fluff. Down that path lies damnation.
I hope this is goodbye. Of course if Purism doesn’t give me a refund… that would say quite a bit about their financial situation, wouldn’t it?