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Old 11-26-2019, 01:35 PM   #76
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Some users of its predecessor complained that that one's Linux support was somewhat lacking.
Even Sailfish wasn't perfect iirc.
I received a positive repy letting me know they were shipping pre-orders from Indegogo and were about to start shipping generally but, if I wanted next-day delivery thewy'de advise I hold-off until January. When I received the email I checked the website and, yes, they're not "pre-order" any more.
So, sometime in 2020 I may be using a Linux phone!?
Wow, the years have really just gone by...
 
Old 11-28-2019, 01:33 AM   #77
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So, sometime in 2020 I may be using a Linux phone!?
Wow, the years have really just gone by...
As I mentioned before elsewhere, GNU/Linux phones aren't exactly a new thing.
Off the top of my head I can think of:
OpenMoko
Nokia's Maemo and Meego devices
Various SOC kits, e.g.

The hype (and the tendency to rip customers off just like everywhere else) seems to be a new thing though.
 
Old 12-01-2019, 02:16 AM   #78
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I did transfer my SIM card from my Galaxy Nexus phone (running LineageOS) to my LG Nexus 5 phone running Ubuntu Touch. So, I am now using a Linux phone. I quite like it. It has fewer bells and whistles than my LineageOS phone had, which I feel is preferable and more down to Earth.
 
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I recently bought a smartphone, Galaxy Nexus, originally equipped with Android 4.
 
Old 12-03-2019, 01:54 PM   #80
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As I mentioned before elsewhere, GNU/Linux phones aren't exactly a new thing.
Off the top of my head I can think of:
OpenMoko
Nokia's Maemo and Meego devices
Various SOC kits, e.g.

The hype (and the tendency to rip customers off just like everywhere else) seems to be a new thing though.
I won't lie -- as my previous posts somewhat declare I am as interested in the form-factor as the OS because just running Linux does not make a device "good".
From what I can gather the GNU/Linux support of the device I'm looking at is being actively worked on by the manufacturer. Yes, I'll reserve judgement on whether that's any good.
The Nokia devices were great but Nokia, for whatever reason, felt compelled to make customers pay for two, very expensive, devices rather than creating a real "smart phone". Not sure whether it was just bad timing or shareholder greed but it killed them nevertheless.
 
Old 12-04-2019, 11:30 PM   #81
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I recently bought a smartphone, Galaxy Nexus, originally equipped with Android 4.
That was my former phone. It works well with LineageOS (13, which equals Android 6.01). However, you need to build it now, because official releases have stopped. Here's some instructions. For "The Muppets", I think the two vendors to include were Samsung and Ti (and maybe Google).
 
Old 12-05-2019, 03:24 AM   #82
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The Nokia devices were great but Nokia, for whatever reason, felt compelled to make customers pay for two, very expensive, devices rather than creating a real "smart phone". Not sure whether it was just bad timing or shareholder greed but it killed them nevertheless.
Not sure what you're talking about there, but how is this "not a real smartphone"?

And while Nokia undoubtedly made some bad business decisions, it was ultimately Microsoft that killed them by proxy, and then jumped in to gobble up what was left.
In other words, letting Stephen Elop take over was the fatal, worst decision that killed them.

And to date Nokia's Meego/Maemo models are the only ones that run real GNU/Linux stable and fully usable (well, arguably also SailfishOS, which is born from the previous).
 
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Not sure what you're talking about there, but how is this "not a real smartphone"?

And while Nokia undoubtedly made some bad business decisions, it was ultimately Microsoft that killed them by proxy, and then jumped in to gobble up what was left.
In other words, letting Stephen Elop take over was the fatal, worst decision that killed them.

And to date Nokia's Meego/Maemo models are the only ones that run real GNU/Linux stable and fully usable (well, arguably also SailfishOS, which is born from the previous).
the linked article sums it up -- too little too late. By the time Nokia decided to put out a hugely-priced Linux phone I'd been using Windows Phone already. Yes, my love of a real keyboard came into it but that phone was overpriced when it came out, for starters.
 
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Rather than edit and pretend I recalled the date, this is the device I'd been using 4 years before Nokia launched that:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Universal
 
Old 12-05-2019, 02:19 PM   #85
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Google for "Librem 5 phone" and "pinephone".
They are in the works which means that they are not available yet.
 
  


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