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ondoho 10-09-2017 02:09 AM


Originally Posted by 273 (Post 5767720)
Seems a lot of money for just calling people and using TOR though. What's the actual use case?

i'll grant you it's a lot of money (at least for me) and i will probably not buy one for that price.
but the actual use case?
afaiu, it would essentially be a tiny gnu/linux tablet - i could do everything i can do on my other linux machines.

i can't do that with my current android phone (that's a statement that would deserve its own article).

and i could update/grade it just like any other gnu/linux install, which basically means: no built-in obsoletion.

jens 10-09-2017 10:22 AM

Here's a (imo) fairly balanced article about the (understandable) critics:

jens 10-10-2017 09:07 AM


Purism Meets Its $1.5 Million Goal for Security Focused Librem 5 Smartphone One Week After Surging Past the 50% Mark

ondoho 10-10-2017 01:11 PM

^ and more good articles.

on debian forums, one critic turned and now praises the project.

i, too, feel positive about it.
but still i probably won't ever spend 600$ on a phone.

IsaacKuo 10-10-2017 03:25 PM

Yeah, $600 is way too much for me also.

I could really go for a phone which ran Debian (with xorg) natively, though. For me it's the freedom to run the software I want, on a computer I carry with me in my pocket.

ondoho 10-11-2017 02:22 AM

^ afaiu the librem phone will be just that.

YesItsMe 10-11-2017 03:18 AM

I doubt that yet another mobile phone will solve any existing issues. (Remember Ubuntu Touch?)

jens 10-11-2017 11:40 AM


Originally Posted by YesItsMe (Post 5768643)
I doubt that yet another mobile phone will solve any existing issues. (Remember Ubuntu Touch?)

Their end-goal was creating a truly free phone. If they manage to provide this ... they've succeeded, end of story.
Unlike others like Ubuntu and Jolla, they're also working with existing upstream instead of reinventing everything (making it easy for many other developers and other projects that are yet to come).

Some quotes:

Having full access to Purism's hardware platform is a dream for the KDE community. Partnering with Purism will allow us to integrate Plasma Mobile seamlessly with a commercial device for the first time. The Librem 5 will make Plasma Mobile shine the way it deserves.
--Lydia Pintscher, President of KDE


Having a Free/Libre and Open Source software stack on a mobile device is a dream-come-true for so many people, and Purism has the proven team to make this happen. We are very pleased to see Purism and the Librem 5 hardware be built to support GNOME.
--Neil McGovern, Executive Director for the GNOME Foundation (and the previous Debian Project Leader)

caseyl 01-04-2018 09:03 PM

Passed Funding Goal
The Librem 5 surpassed the funding goal. I have been watching this for a few months and I am considering pre-ordering. From the website:

"This was an “all-or-nothing” campaign, but we crossed well over the $1.5m goal, and will be delivering on the Librem 5 phone. If you would like a Librem 5 you can simply pre-order one of the appropriate rewards now, and we will add you to the shipping queue!"

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