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[–] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

Heard this company was involved in major scams

[–] [email protected] 12 points 1 week ago

Wow, looks like there is profit to be made in scamming

[–] [email protected] 9 points 1 week ago

Fantastic! Love to see FOSS companies winning! Maybe someday soon will come out with a phone that doesn't massively suck

[–] [email protected] 12 points 1 week ago (1 children)

From what I’ve read and listened to, they’re misleading in this report when they say all crowdfunding backer devices have been fulfilled/delivered.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago (1 children)

As someone who requested a refund, I can confirm to have neither the phone nor the refund :(

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 week ago (1 children)

I feel that pain, but probably not to the same degree. I've backed over 300 campaigns on Kickstarter and Gamefound. I've had around 8 that didn't fulfill and didn't give a refund -- somewhere in the vicinity of $500-800 worth overall. It's maddening when it feels like our money was either stolen or at best, wasted.

[–] [email protected] 1 points 1 week ago (1 children)

True, i kinda only ordered it to support mobile Linux development, however, by now I think there would have been much better places to do this than this company.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 1 week ago

I'm sorry you're having to deal with that -- especially for a technology we'd all like to see in that space to provide good competition to the main two. Thanks for your efforts to push that forward!

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

It would be nice if companies like this came out with a budget model so more people could participate in supporting their products. Lotta poor folks into FOSS.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

I was just having a conversation about a Google free, AI Free phone option. This isn't quite where the folks I was talking to need it to be (mostly needs eSim and 5G would be nice), but it certainly something to keep an eye on.

[–] [email protected] 18 points 1 week ago (3 children)

Their prices are insane, $999.00 for a 11.5" tablet? $799.00 for a mini-PC? Are they fucking mental? Who would buy these?

[–] [email protected] 14 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago) (1 children)

I did. Saved up for years and then finally pulled the trigger.

It broke after about a week of use and took them about a year to give me a partial refund.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

That really sucks and isn't a good look for Purism.

[–] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago (1 children)

pricing is in line with the top ipad. I consider it kind of an activist move to buy one of these though, more about supporting a cause than getting a device with maximal functionality.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

With prices like this, it's kind of performative activism though. It severely limits access and makes it like privacy is a luxury only a few can afford. That's a weird message to be sending out.

[–] [email protected] 9 points 1 week ago

There shtick is privacy. They are selling privacy oriented machines which is a value add for people who need device privacy but don't have the bandwidth to to setup and audit everything themselves. The service they are selling is more privacy then value budget hardware.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

I haven't looked at there stuff in while. They have really compelling devices. There a bit too pricey for me at the moment.

[–] [email protected] 11 points 1 week ago

I like the ethos behind Purism, I was worried they wouldn't be profitable at all. I hope this is enough profitablity to attract greater investment to grow and create economies of scale and lower the retail price and reduce lead times to be in line with the rest of the market.