It’s not a matter of time or patience. It’s a matter of whether or not Purism still lives ad breathes the values of transparency, openness and honesty that they claim to cherish above all else. Here’s a direct quote from the “Our story” page on their website:
As a social purpose company, we can prioritize our principles over profit. Our mission to provide freedom, privacy, and security will always come first above all else. You see, you are our primary shareholder.
Look at Google and Microsoft. You can’t trust them right? Surely everybody in this forum can at least somewhat agree on that. Do you think it was always that way? I remember a time when Microsoft was the little guy battling it out against big bad IBM. I remember when Google was just an upstart which provided an interesting alternative to the likes of Yahoo’s search engine. I bet all of us can actually remember when Google had “Do No Evil” as their corporate slogan and appeared to take it seriously.
Sadly those days are long gone. Let me tell you how it happened. Little by little. Each of those companies had at least a few thousand opportunities in which they had to decide whether to do the thing that was in the best interest of their customers or the thing that was in the best interest of the company. More often than not, both Microsoft and Google chose the latter. There is no singular defining moment in the history of any company when it transitions from light to dark or from good to bad. That’s because in the real world, such labels don’t apply. No rather it’s a journey of thousands of little choices and over time the cumulative effect of those choices created a carcinogen which eventually resulted in each company presenting with a series of malignant tumors.
The point of this story is that Purism has clearly been facing a few of those choices in the last couple of years and more often than not, they seem to choosing to do the thing that’s in their best interest rather than their customers interest. I say seem because the level of transparency at this point is pretty minimal. Based on the minimal information Purism has chosen to make available: Purism is slowly but surely turning away from the very core values that brought us all into the fold to begin with.
This may still be fixable. It may not be. I don’t know. But from my perspective the trust I have given Purism had to be rolled back because they aren’t living up to my interpretation of those core values. Those core values are the thing that we shared and they are the thing that I still hold dear. My association with Purism was contingent on them remaining a reputable avatar for those values. But between all the secrecy, deception, revisions and the outright refusal to respond to basic and reasonable questions with at least some sort of reasonable answer drove me over the edge.
TLDR: But yeah, I’m just an impatient prick who decided he’d rather enslave himself to likes of Qualcomm and Google rather than wait a few weeks longer for a phone