I really like the ideas and the idealism behind Purism and its products. I have a lot of respect for all of the people who help to build up this company and who help to fullfill its high ideals.
But also I mistrust Purism. It is a friendly positive mistrust and it is a deep form of respect for all the work that goes into Purisms products.
I’d go so far to say I owe Purism my mistrust, I owe them taking the responsibility to check on their products, ideas and technology.
Purism wants to give me back the control over my data and my computers. I became customer and without signing a contract I agreed to take back control.
Sounds easy, but in reality this is work to do on my side: If I’d blindly trust Purism I wouldn’t really take back control and thereby responsibility. To fullfill my side of the unwritten contract I have to understand the products, I have to evaluate risks that come with their usage and have to discuss my concerns. I have to take control actively.
Users of Purisms products need to help to improve the products and ideas by looking at them with a positive friendly mistrust. A sane mistrust that values all the work that already has been put into taking all the arguements for mistrust away.
A mistrust that is happily and openly communicated and discussed to help to improve products, documentation, technologies.