A bit curious of @purism to fork @Tusky / K9 Mail and not even mention that anywhere on their website or app listings?

Also I can note the following:
- What is the point of the forks? Do they even at least pre-fill the "social.librem.one" domain for users?
- Is the source even published at all? If not, it's violating GPL. I can't find anything on their Github, at least.

Oof, looks like @purism also forked "OpenVPN for Android" github.com/schwabe/ics-openvpn without mentioning, as well. Which is GPLv2.

And Librem Chat is just Riot for Android github.com/vector-im/riot-andr which is at least Apache 2.0... which still requires prominent notice of derivative work.

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Like, the least a corporation could do is follow basic legality here, right? Or basic decency in stating that they just forked 4 popular Android apps and are calling that a service?

Actually, even the iOS apps are just forks of iOS apps (Amaroq and Riot at least -- I can't find the VPN app they probably forked). And no Librem Mail, because, well... there are no good email apps on iOS. 😩

@trwnh Wait a minute, these rebranded applications and services are not even ports to their own Debian-based phone OS?
What the what?


@therealraccoon PureOS "coming soon", obviously! They haven't ~found enough apps to fork yet~ (well, there's Fractal -> Chatty)

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@trwnh Maybe, just maybe they should deliver on the whole libre phone platform thing first?
You know, as in the reason people are actually kind of interested in what they're trying to do?

@therealraccoon @trwnh while I agree with this take, bootstrapping a company is hard, and offering services does seem like a valid stepping stone towards getting people to eventually use other Purism products, while taking more money to produce more goods.

In a way, their attempts at building an ecosystem vaguely resembles Apple, in the sense that they're likely trying to build a halo effect. They can eventually point to their own phones and say "Hey, remember those apps you're already using for Librem One? Well, we offer those on our phones, too."
@sean @trwnh @therealraccoon I get what they're doing (create a services ecosystem; which is important with so many proprietary/privacy-unrespecting services that make up a lot of what users use) but I also worry that they're spreading themselves too thin trying to make laptops, a phone with an ecosystem conjured essentially from scratch, and now trying to unify all sorts of disparate open source servers and clients into some unified brand - the money could run out, so I hope they have a plan to deal with that.

@libc @sean @therealraccoon i'd much rather see purism focus on their own platform instead of chasing down others. why add more value to android/ios?

they're not offering anything new, even. people can just use amaroq/tusky/k9-mail/riot/openvpn/pia as-is. why maintain forks at parity just for a rebrand?

@trwnh @sean @therealraccoon yeah, purism's efforts are best spent on their HW and trying to get their (IMHO not a good idea, but that's something else entirely) mobile platform in shape - people like e and nextcloud can handle the "libre services" angle, especially for cross-platform

@libc @sean @therealraccoon disagree that nextcloud and e are enough, or even good services for the most part. they're fine for personal use but most people are not going to go to the effort of setting up their own services.

@trwnh @sean @therealraccoon [loose bundle of thoughts follow] yeah, they're not perfect, and they target DIYers/enterprise essentially

i also wonder if the "loose bundling of kind of related services" is even viable too - you get accusations of pointless forking, and if you haven't done bare-minimum tying things together with LDAP SSO or whatever, that can be annoying

@sean @therealraccoon well they're not going about it in an effective way, if that's their strategy

i'm not against purism offering services, and in fact, i think that they should! but they need to do it in a way that makes sense. more like google than like apple. pretty much no one uses apple's services; pretty much everyone uses google's.

if that means running their own mastodon/matrix/mail servers, fine, cool. there's certainly room for more service providers like disroot.

The whole ordeal kinda makes me sad about people. The target audience seems to be the privacy questioning non technical people. Which in itself is fine but its an ugly implication that these great free-as-in-freedom apps need to be marketed as a paid service to get the attemtion and validation of the masses. Like the price tag is the source of its legitimacy.

I don't criticize capitalism very often but normal people that appeal to this concept sound brainfucked to me (by the izm)
@therealraccoon @trwnh
@Dielan @trwnh @therealraccoon @sean Maybe Pursim just wants to appear "inovative" by hiding their repos and branding it as thier own. After a while it will look like Purism is the upstream of all communications
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