How Can We Bring Change,
When Other Companies Have Not?

Todd Weaver evaluating CPU Fusing OptionsAll other companies, when sitting down at the negotiation table, negotiate first for price, mean time between failure, quality, warranty, availability, then revisit price again. We, on the other hand, are not a typical company: we negotiate first and foremost for users’ rights to Free Software, privacy, and security, then we seek the highest quality, and then we negotiate pricing and availability. We make suppliers aware that it matters to users, and then we discuss how best to make that happen. We want you at the negotiating table with us—your support for Purism gives us the leverage we need to push upstream to the manufacturers of component parts. We are here to fight for your rights—please help us do that by supporting us!

Globally, Purism sources its hardware and software according to our strict philosophy, where we will source and manufacture the highest quality hardware, making every effort to source the best component parts that operate using free/libre and open source software, making every effort to manufacture the best computers overall.

Pictured: components arriving at our assembly facility in South San Francisco

We adhere to the following negotiating and sourcing priority list whenever possible:

  1. Freedom respecting
  2. Ethical working conditions
  3. Ecological impact
  4. Quality
  5. Price
  6. Availability
  7. Mean-time-between-failure
  8. Warranty
  9. Quantity breaks

Here is a simple breakdown of how we do what we do:

 Sourced, Manufactured, DevelopedAccepts input from Purism
BatterySourced
No
CameraSourced
No
Case (chassis)Sourced & Manufactured
Yes
Purism Kill SwitchesManufactured
Yes
Hinge CoverManufactured
Yes
MotherboardManufactured
Yes
Wireless CardSourced
No
SSDsSourced
No
CPUSourced, and fused in unlocked state
Yes
SpeakersSourced
No
MemorySourced
No
FanSourced
No
HeatsinkSourced
Yes
Daughter CardsSourced
No
KeyboardSourced
No
KeycapsSourced & Manufactured
Yes
Product DesignManufactured (from reference designs)
Yes
Product ColorManufactured
Yes
Product BrandingManufactured
Yes
BIOSSourced & Developed
Yes
KernelSourced & Developed
Yes
Operating SystemSourced & Developed
Yes
SoftwareSourced & Developed
Yes
Trackpad DriverSourced & Developed
Yes
Bluetooth DriverSourced & Developed
Yes
Shipment PackagingSourced
See why Purism to learn more about how and why we do what we do.