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Librem Boot Freedom and Purism Closes $2.5m Note Series

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  • coreboot 4.11: Leaving No Librem Behind

    One of Purism’s core beliefs is to ensure that to the best of our ability, all new features, fixes, and improvements will be applied to all products, past and present.

  • Purism Closes $2.5m Note Series

    Purism as a Social Purpose Company (SPC) ensures the rights of humanity by creating products that fully respect people, and that mission has garnered a lot of attention and growth. One of the reasons Purism registered as an SPC was so that we could accept inbound investment without the risk that a toxic investor could force us to violate our values for profit (a common problem in C corporations). As a social purpose company Purism enshrines in its articles of incorporation that we must do what is good for society, therefore avoiding any and all toxic funding by virtue of the strictness of those articles.

    Funding growth—in addition to the triple-digit (yes that is over doubling) shipped revenue growth year-over-year since 2014 that Purism has been fortunate to see—can come in many forms, be that inventory financing, lines of credit, investment, and equity financing, to name a few.

Now a phone for 2 grands

  • Librem 5 USA

    We continue to enjoy seeing the reactions from customers who have received their Librem 5 units from the Birch batch. Now that Birch is out and we continue to make progress on the Librem 5 (with more updates to come!), we are excited to be able to reveal another important project we have been working on for many months. Purism now offers an important Librem 5 option for our customers that have particular concerns around security and the supply chain.

    We are committed to constantly improving the security of our products. One concern we hear repeatedly from our customers is over attacks in the hardware and software supply chain. We have written about the importance of protecting the digital supply chain before, and as we grow we continue to find new opportunities to further strengthen the security of our own supply chain, including most recently by offering the PureBoot Bundle–tamper-evident firmware straight from our facility.

    While we continue to improve the security of our Librem laptops, we also recognize that one of the most important computers many people own is their smart phone. This is the device you carry with you everywhere you go and likely has some of your most sensitive and personal data–it’s the device most at risk from a security and privacy standpoint. If there’s any device that should have as secure of a supply chain as possible, it’s a phone. Our experience in making our Librem 5 devkits in the USA and most recently moving Librem Key production to the same US facility has led to today, where we are excited to announce a new USA-produced version of the Librem 5 phone!

  • Purism Announces Librem 5 "USA" Model For $1999 USD

    Purism announced today a Librem 5 USA model of their smartphone that has the same specifications and features of their Librem 5 Linux smartphone but manufactured in the US. That pushes the 720x1440 display, i.MX8M, 3GB RAM, 32GB eMMC, 802.11n device from $699 USD to $1,199 USD. Update: Errr the price was raised now apparently to $1999 USD.

    They announced the Librem 5 USA model today at the $1199 USD price point (or $1999 USD if their latest edit is accurate) but won't begin shipping until Q3'2020. The device will eventually be made at the same USA facility that makes their Librem Key and the former Librem 5 developer kits.

Purism Announces "Made in USA" Librem 5 Linux Phone

  • Purism Announces "Made in USA" Librem 5 Linux Phone, Now Available for Pre-Order

    It's a known fact that Purism has done everything they could to make the Librem 5 the most secure and private smartphone on the market, but the fact of the matter that it's not built in the United States of America might not please some customers.

    As such, the company, which is known for their security- and privacy-focused Linux-based laptops and phones, is now offering a special Librem 5 version manufactured in the US, with components made in the USA, in the same US facility where the Librem 5 devkits and Librem Key were built.

    "Having a secure auditable US based supply chain including parts procurement, fabrication, testing, assembly, and fulfillment all from within the same facility is the best possible security story," said Todd Weaver, Founder and CEO of Purism. "By moving the supply chain into the same facility complex as our assembly and fulfillment center, we can directly oversee each stage of the production."

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  • Librem 5 on the Free Software Foundation’s Ethical Tech Gift Giving Guide

    The Ethical Tech Gift Giving guide is a list of gifts approved by the FSF for our loved ones this festive season. It prioritizes devices that respect the freedoms of our friends and families over the latest gadget from Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google, and countless other companies because “freedom is the gift that keeps on giving”. Big Tech require our complete trust in their proprietary exploitative systems, whether using a free email account, buying a heavily subsidized phone or tablet and even using a search engine. We pay for them by giving up the freedom over our lives and give them control to exploit us and our loved ones to increase shareholder value.

Purism Librem 5 USA is a made-in-America version

  • Purism Librem 5 USA is a made-in-America version of the Linux smartphone (for nearly 3X the price)

    urism’s Librem 5 is a Linux smartphone that ships with PureOS, a GNU/Linux-based operating system with a user interface based on GNOME. That alone would probably be enough to make the phone stand out — but Purism is also emphasizing its privacy and security features including hardware kill switches that can disconnect the wireless components, cameras, and microphone when you’re not using them.

    But… like most phones, the Librem 5 is assembled in China. And some folks worry that could be a weak link in the chain of security.

    So Purism is now offering a new option — the Purism Librem 5 USA has a printed circuit board assembly that’s fabricated by a facility in the United States.

    Buying the made-in-America version will cost you though: the regular Librem 5 sells for $699. The Purism Librem 5 USA costs $1999.

Purism Librem 5 USA Linux phone costs as much as a Galaxy Fold

  • Purism Librem 5 USA Linux phone costs as much as a Galaxy Fold

    There are currently two open source Linux phones trying to make their way into regular consumers’ hands and one of them is getting all the spotlight but not all for good reasons. Although it was the first to launch and, on paper, has the better specs, Purism’s Librem 5 is garnering some controversy, raising questions on its capability to ship a finished product in a few months. As if it didn’t have enough to worry about, Purism just started pre-orders for a version of the Librem 5 that’s 100% made in the USA and costs three times the regular Librem 5 that has yet to ship in its final form.

Purism Announce $1999 ‘Librem 5 USA’ — Same Librem 5, Just Made

  • Purism Announce $1999 ‘Librem 5 USA’ — Same Librem 5, Just Made in America

    The company is launching a new, premium version of its Linux-powered handset called ‘Librem 5 USA’ that costs $1999 — more than double the price of the regular version.

    And, for that additional cost you get …Er, well, the exact same Linux phone as the regular Librem 5 buyers: same spec; same OS; same phone (mostly).

    The added value comes in the “secure US-based supply chain” used to make it.

    Purism chief Todd Weaver says this effort will extend to “… parts procurement, fabrication, testing, assembly, and fulfillment all from within the same facility” which, he adds offers “…the best possible security story.”

American-Made Librem 5 Phone Costs $1,999

  • American-Made Librem 5 Phone Costs $1,999

    The three main choices when selecting a new phone are: which OS, which brand, and which model? We just assume the handset will inevitably be manufactured in China. Purism is offering an alternative, though, in the form of a (very expensive) smartphone made in America.

    Purism is a US company offering hardware running PureOS, a Linux distribution based on Debian. One of its products is a smartphone called the Librem 5, which can be purchased for $699. However, as the Librem 5 is a phone that "focuses on security by design and privacy protection by default," the fact it's assembled in China can be viewed as detrimental to that claim, even though Purism ensures a secure supply chain.

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