Our story

Purism is a security and freedom-focused computer manufacturer based in San Francisco, founded in 2014 with the fundamental goals of combining the philosophies of the Free Software movement with the hardware manufacturing process, and to make it easy for individuals and businesses to have computers that they can trust and feel safe using, i.e. making security more convenient than not.

Purism is a social purpose corporation (SPC) devoted to providing the highest quality hardware available, ensuring the rights of security, privacy, and freedom for all users.

Through its initial crowdfunding campaign in 2015, Purism raised over $1,000,000 to bring its security and privacy focused computers to the market. By doing so, Purism became one of the “top 100” crowdfunded technology companies in history, and Purism’s “Librem” computer line was among the top 3 crowdfunded laptop computers to date (ZDNet, 2015).

“Purism’s Librem, which is a combined latin word meaning “freedom book” is a line of computer hardware and bundled software funded entirely by the people, for the people. Our ultimate goal at Purism is to facilitate the wisdom and resources of the crowd to co-create a new kind of computer company where core values of freedom, privacy, and security, improve the world for the better.” – Todd Weaver (CEO), 2015

The GNU/Linux based Librem product line is designed collaboratively by a global Free/Libre and Open Source community interested in promoting privacy, security, and freedom as a default. Purism has the long-term goal of making protecting a users’ rights easier than giving them up. Apple, Google, Microsoft, use proprietary software that have tracking built-in, whereas Purism is an easy-to-use alternative to avoid the surveillance capitalism practiced by all major computer manufacturers.

Please refer to this page to learn more about why we are doing what we are doing.

So who are you people?

Take a look at our main team and board of directors pages to learn more about our core contributors.

I’m a member of the press, let me in!

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