I recently start suggest framework to people around me who want to upgrade their laptop. A lot of people are sceptical about the business about the business model of frame.work, there are same idea before but failed before the final product ever born.
I browsed around the net and seem same situation around, people like the idea but doubt will it actually success. Frame.work has already have their first product announced and shipped several batches witch its a really good sign for start up company.
Look back for system76 that established in 2006 has survived until today mean open and semi-open hardware are selling even though it’s not a massive hit. Linux community will be a very important market for frame.work since a lot of people sick of close source hardware that lack of proper hardware support, even though dell, Lenovo and other big name company offer Linux pre-install option for their high-end laptop but those companies are become more and more unrepair friendly.
Let’s also look at fairphone that established in 2013, their moto are nearly the same as frame.work and it still around after 9 years in a very competitive market(smart phone market are even more competitive than laptop market.) and it prove the philosophy of reduce e-waste will sell.
Right now frame.work are already fulfil their first promise-open the marketplace, if frame.work can achieve their second promise-international shipping, it will be a huge step forward for frame.work since fairphone not even coming out of EU.
This is my view on weather frame.work will success and hope my opinion can make some people still on the fence make their mind.