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david3217 05-06-2019 05:24 AM

Does anyone here use a linux phone in 2018?
Hello everyone,

The web seems to have a lot of startandhalt linux phones from 2006 or so. I'm wondering if and how people are running linux phones this year? Is it just a regular Ubuntu install but with an app that handles calls and texts? or?

Do you have to buy a certain type of phone? or do you buy a regular Android phone and then somehow wipe it and install linux?

Any help will be appreciated

sevendogsbsd 05-06-2019 08:15 AM

I personally don't know of any but I am sure there might be some. Ubuntu got out of the mobile OS business a few years ago so you won't ever see an Ubuntu phone, at least a modern one.

rokytnji 05-06-2019 11:30 AM

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More info:

The recovery instructions above tempt me to offer 10 bucks and see what happens with this seller..

But I have too many projects already.
I used to play with broke phones.

jsbjsb001 05-06-2019 09:50 PM


Originally Posted by david3217 (Post 5992138)
Do you have to buy a certain type of phone? or do you buy a regular Android phone and then somehow wipe it and install linux?

Android is Linux, it's just not GNU/Linux. But no, I just have an Android phone, with GNU/Linux installed on my desktop.

ondoho 05-09-2019 01:17 AM

so the question is:
"does anyone use a gnu/linux phone in 2019"
- i don't, i don't know anyone either, be it personally or by hearsay.
yes, projects exist, and there's a lot on the horizon atm.
some linux podcaster - i believe it was "destination linux" - promised to use ubuntu touch (or is it ubports nowadays) as his primary for a month, and report on it.
and then there's the librem 5, of course. coming out soon.
iirc, kde plasma also have something in the works.

dear op, there's a few search phrases for you in the above.

Orlane 06-07-2019 10:31 PM

My uncle used it, but it didn't seem to work for him.Sorry,i don't know much about it.

Crippled 06-09-2019 09:53 PM

There is no Linux distro for smart phones. While some may claim that Android is Linux but Google has molested the Linux kernel so severely that it doesn't resemble Linux in anyway. Then there is LineageOS that replaces Android but doesn't work on all smartphones, just a few. Since I couldn't take it anymore dealing with Google's Spyware/Malware that they call Android I went with a regular flip phone which has reduced my blood pressure greatly. It seems there are no developers that have figured out how to create a Linux distro for all smartphones that work as they should by doing what the user of that smartphone wants it to do and not like Android which does the complete opposite. Android does what Google wants it to do by spying on you so Google can sell all the data it steals from you. There is a KDE Linux smartphone distro based on Ubuntu in never ending development with no end in site.

noordinaryspider 06-12-2019 05:02 PM

I don't use a Linux phone. I use this:

for a "phone number" so that I can receive sms texts on my laptop with gajim and audio chat with cell phone users with linphone.

This does, of course, make me a bit of an odd duck. I rarely carry a laptop around with me, just a camera, radio, musical instrument, notebook or whatever I actually want to use.

ondoho 06-12-2019 11:10 PM

^ it seems JMP will work only in USA/Canada, not Europe?

Leida 07-03-2019 11:00 PM


Originally Posted by ondoho (Post 6004690)
^ it seems JMP will work only in USA/Canada, not Europe?

Really?I don't see anyone using it.

rosemartine 08-09-2019 12:49 AM

No I don't use linux phone.And I didn't see anyone who is using this type of phone.

bluegorilla366 08-09-2019 07:03 AM

To be honest, I never heard of this. LOL

mark_alfred 08-17-2019 04:23 PM

I don't know of anyone who has a Linux phone.

Supposedly KDE is working on a Linux based system for phones called Plasma Mobile. It's not ready for general use (meaning it's not ready for me), but hopefully will be at some point.

Also, Ubuntu Touch was taken over by UBports, so it's not completely dead. There are some devices that it can be installed on (mine wasn't one of them).

There's also postmarketOS, which apparently can be installed on the phone I own -- but the directions were too confusing for me.

And there's Librem 5, which is a crowd-sourced high-end Linux phone being developed for users concerned about privacy. It was supposed to be released in April 2019, but I haven't heard anything.

mark_alfred 08-18-2019 07:26 PM

I may check out getting a refurbished Nexus 5 phone. Apparently Ubuntu Touch can be installed pretty easily on this phone.

ondoho 08-19-2019 01:59 AM

I want to get away from Android, I don't want to buy a Google phone...

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