And now a last annotation from myself. after reading throughout forums, comments and so on: This controversy about Purism won't end. There are opinions about ignoring the events, besides there are facts named within the blog-posting, further links with information for example and no backer has received any mobile device until now. Coming is also much whataboutism: When criticizing Purism, one should already use free alternatives like Replicant otherwise there seems no right to criticize. That's just a distraction from the major issues we have here, because Purism is not honest about the concurrent status and even if they could bring up this device: Is there a way to get rid of elementary firmware-blobs?
Yes, I'm using Replicant and I also make usage of LineageOS without proprietary services and as free as it could be with F-Droid - sidenote even there are applications / programs with proprietary interfaces, of course marked before installation. What's next? Am I worthy now to criticize Purism? Let's face the problem: The mobile sector won't become free. Purism is one thing, the others are patents and the companies behind holding the rights onto chips, drivers and interface-routines. Intel called out for Purism to delete a blogpost with information about reverse-engineering the FSP: Remember the roadmap? Look also here. Yes, seems the question was done "politely" but it doesn't mask the major issue I have named earlier. To quote:
2018-05-10 UPDATE: Intel politely asked Purism to remove this document which Intel believes may conflict with a licensing term. Since this post was informational only and has no impact on the future goals of Purism, we have complied. If you would like the repository link of the Intel FSP provided from Intel, please visit their publicly available code on the subject.
2018-04-23 UPDATE: after receiving a courtesy request from Intel’s Director of Software Infrastructure, we have decided to remove this post’s technical contents while we investigate our options. You are still welcome to learn about reverse engineering in general with my introductory post on the matter, Introduction to Reverse Engineering: A Primer Guide.
You've got it? Purism even tells us about the problem, but in the end it's always about devices with privacy, big wordings for "customers", not human beings with the view on free, libre hard- and software and the (perhaps utopian) hope for a "better tomorrow". So it's about "believing" and whenever this is brought up humans tend to react more or less harsh. My point being stays: Companies like Purism use the believe, making up a marketing about it. Their first release of the Librem-notebooks? Full proprietary hardware. Afterwards coreboot-port came up this got better. That's the contrary of being honest at all but even though: We could believe and the question stays. What is the price of believing? A price for a lie and self-deception? It is becoming clear for me that I better wait for another round of Replicant, even LineageOS is not my way to go. But I have to live with compromises because the x86-platform is full of freedom-issues as the mobile platform is also same here. But those marketing-lies are even worse. And just having a device being "a little bit more free" is not better as I'm ignoring possible vendor-lockins for now. What about applications pre-installed? As nobody reviewed the Librem-device in the "wild" we doesn't know anything and I'm not sure Purism will mark their so-called "social platform" as optional. Besides I also add that I hope Purism will change their course, being more honest and open to the people and that their idea could in one way be successful. Yeah, as the blog-posting itself notes at the end: Having the chance for GNU/Linux being on a mobile device with phone-capabilities could be helpful for others to come. I'm not trusting the mentioned company, but I'm with hope for the basic idea itself. Strange, isn't it? I don't need a copy of "Apple" within free, libre soft- and hardware - mentioned within the article on Phoronix. What I want is just this: A device which I can handle as mine, where I am in charge respecting my whishes for a companion not spying onto my data and files. The ideal would be even fair handled, really free hardware, not causing harm / damage onto others and the environment itself - as I've said earlier in this posting, an "utopian" whish which is not made up as "marketing-lie" as I'm not believing in capitalistic values and system schemes (I don't even care about names and patents as they also do more harm than being useful). That's all for now!
Human being in favor with clear principles and so also for freedom in soft- and hardware!