Some thoughts, maybe I’m thinking out loud.
Let me start with a super-sized Thanks to Purism for making the Librem 5 happen. There were too may challenges in the way as Todd mentioned; funding, team et al. The efforts are really commendable given that you have nano, pico sized team compared to Apple, Google etc.
I was super excited when the news that Librem 5 is now shipping. Thanks for @amarok for being the first one to report to have received it. Then we saw a flood of posts mentioning few issues with the phone. (I prefer calling it a Phone rather than PC-in-my-pocket because that is what I had supported and paid for). Maybe, I am wrong but my assumption with now-shipping was that everything should work and it should be RTM product. If camera module is not ready yet then I wouldn’t call it a RTM product as yet.
I’m trying to understand the direction taken by Purism here. Are the project backers used as testers and before the Librem 5 is available for sale in open-market?
And as said before, I’m thinking out loud. But am someone who is patiently patiently waiting for my modem confirmation email and subsequently the phone.