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Old 11-13-2018, 04:17 PM   #46
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Well. When most people say Linux, they really mean GNU/Linux with GNU being the most important part from a user perspective since it actually contains the tools you use on a regular basis and most functions that you need to actually use the Linux Kernel.

I've had a Busybox/Linux phone once. Although it was alot better than all the alternatives, it wasn't really "Linux" as most people think of it, since it was not GNU. It did not have the freedoms, it did not have the proper openness and several pieces of the software were "integrated" in a way that meant you could not separate them and use the pieces individually.

As far as I know, there was never really a GNU/Linux phone on the market. Perhaps Sailfish was GNU/Linux, I don't have the details about it. But I am not sure "Mer" has the full Linux Standard Base or the possibilities to install all which is required for a LSB system.

Ubuntu tried to launch a Ubuntu phone, and I am pretty sure that would have been a GNU/Linux phone if it was launched. But it never materialized. Nor do I have the details about it.

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Old 11-14-2018, 01:02 PM   #47
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Ubuntu tried to launch a Ubuntu phone, and I am pretty sure that would have been a GNU/Linux phone if it was launched. But it never materialized. Nor do I have the details about it.
well i do.
it very much materialised, for sale on 3 different dervices iirc, and installable on a few more.
maybe it's still alive, i really don't know and don't care either, since i found out that under the hood it's very close to android.

the librem 5 however, will be a real gnu/linux phone.
 
  


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