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GNU/Linux hardware part1 - purism librem

Posted 08-04-2019 at 03:22 PM by zeebra

Since there is no place on this forum for GNU/Linux specific hardware. Throughout the years there have been multiple projects etc, some still lives, some failed. Bu I think it's time to start noting down serious vendors and actors as they appear. For my reference and perhaps others.

Anyways, I came over this thread today about a GNU/Linux laptop vendor which also have a mobile in the pipeline. Yes, an actual GNU/Linux mobile. Not busybox/linux, not some other thing, but actual GNU/Linux. Anyways, this company seems promising and they seem to be able to actually manage to produce viable and good hardware on a small scale, something which is quite difficult. It's often either or. But looking over the hardware it seems they are able to deliver above average quality, perhaps even good quality, and also with some unique features of their own.

This company have their own goals and values and purpose for what they are doing.

Currently the company is offering 2 products, a 13 inch laptop and a 15 inch laptop. Both have generally good hardware options, but can be delivered with custom hardware choices, which is pretty good. Not only can they deliver a good basic build, but also some good hardware at premium prices. Such a company is well worth taking note off. People generally don't know how difficult it is to accomplish this with small scale manufacturing (meaning less than millions or huge hardware orders), and this is particularly so with mobile phones. The mobile market is pretty much locked down and impossible to penetrate with small scale manufacturing. If they can pull this off it is a great achievement.

The company is ideologically driven.

After Hildon stopped, I've dreamed about a KDE Plasma Mobile product, and the Librem 5 seems to be in talks with KDE about it. The product seems to be a GNU/Linux based phone, which is close to a miracle. Some unique features include hardware switches for wifi/bluetooth and camera/mic alike to what they have on their laptops. But more uniquely they will seperate the CPU and baseband processor and also have a hardware switch for the baseband.

In any case, after some basic investigation, this company seems extremely interesting.

I personally will not consider any portrait based phone products, but it is interesting nonetheless. For their laptops, I also don't consider personally heavy products or those with a lesser battery time or poor build, but librem laptops seems to tick all the necessary boxes to be able to say it is a good basic build. It has unique features and it's a "GNU/Linux guarantee" product. The company delivers customizable products with good hardware on their own custom builds and their own GNU/Linux distro. Such companies are rare, and such products are worth paying a premium for.

That's why I am mentioning it. I will keep mentioning such companies here whenever they peak my interest, and perhaps I'll also add some oldtimers as well (like system76), to make this place more complete.
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