In case you missed it, privacy-friendly laptop maker Purism has launched its own range of open online services:
You can follow Purism on their new account at:
Librem One's services use open standards so that users aren't locked in. For example, Librem Social is a Mastodon instance and part of the Fediverse.
Technically this is nothing new, but it's nice to see all-in-one offers for those who prefer bundles. Non-techies may find Librem One more approachable.
@switchingsocial It may be good to note that developers are calling them out for not crediting the original software they rebranded in some cases. There seem to be some GPL violations afoot.
@switchingsocial @email@example.com umm. Switching, you might want to wait a bit on this. The Purism Mastodon fork has disabled the ability to report users and seems to be a new Purism branded silo for users. Their Android client is Tusky with all the branding removed and replaced by Purism branding, and the Tusky devs were not told about this.
This doesn't seem to be the actions of a good member of the open source community.
@switchingsocial @sixohsix @purism Check this thread by the Tusky dev, https://chaos.social/@ConnyDuck/102019937678839514
@switchingsocial oh, though I'm concerned about the Purism thing, just want to say that the switching social account is really good. Thank you for your hard work.
I didn't follow this closely myself but it seems like they are not doing a lot of new things and use the "fork, re-brand, don't mention the original" strategy. As is it feels really dodgy.
I need to read the responses of this toots more closely but...
As I said in the original post, there's nothing wrong with bundling software into all-in-one offers as this is often easier for non-technical people to grasp (because they're so used to centralised services).
But violating licences (if that is what has happened, I Am Not A Lawyer) and annoying developers is clearly not a good way to build a bundle.
Hopefully Purism will respond to this and make any necessary changes.
@switchingsocial @purism @bob
The Levison Problem is related to the problem that Lava bit email had. Here is an article about it: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/may/20/why-did-lavabit-shut-down-snowden-email
@switchingsocial @purism I did the math and the absolute cheapest I could run a Pleroma instance for myself is $5 per month. So I consider this a great deal. Question is if this would allow more than one account. For example, on Twitter, I can set up two or three different accounts for different purposes.
Compared to people who are on good separate services, yes going to an all-in-one is more risky.
But the chart indicates Purism is aiming their service at people currently on Apple, Google, Microsoft etc.
These kinds of users are already using all-in-one services, so it's not going to make a huge difference to their "eggs in one basket" status.
re: safety of centralized services
I'm not connected to Purism, I was just reporting on this because it seemed like a good alternative for non-techies.
If they are breaking licence terms and/or making developers uncomfortable, then obviously that's not so good.
If you're concerned about their behaviour, please do get in touch with them and tell them.
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.