The first Librem 5 smartphones are shipping “This is a big moment, not just for us as a company, but for everyone concerned about issues of privacy, security, and user freedom. The Librem 5 represents years of work, building the software and hardware required to make this phone a reality.” - Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of

Yay! Can't wait to get mine :blobaww: . Are the cases plastic or metal? Its a bit hard to tell.

@RandomPhoton they are metal, glad you are excited to get yours :)

Thanks for the confirmation! And yup, can't wait haha. Thanks for all the hard work!

@purism @RandomPhoton

Man i can't wait to get my claws on mine! I guess the metal acts as a heatsink? I'm so glad you went that route!

It seems from the matrix rooms that the sides are metal and the back is not. Since you have to be transmissive to RF.

@RandomPhoton are you in the first batch? i and others would love to see a review video @purism

Nah, I went batch >= 3, so chestnut (no confirmation yet if I am actually in that batch though). But I am sure there will be plenty of reviews soon.

@purism preordered mine, but I'm totally ignorant of linux, what kind of learning curve am I looking at going from a galaxy s5 to this?
Also, do yo'll make laptops or tablets?

@soothsayer @purism You'll have to live with more web apps and less of your favourite android apps.

@soothsayer This will be a great way to experience a full Linux system, the phone experience is built for everyone and it will be much simpler and easier to find your way around than on any Android phone. It also is a complete computer, plug it into a monitor, keyboard and mouse and you can edit spreadsheets, do your work, play games and more using desktop Linux apps on your phone :) Hope that helps!

@purism @soothsayer I think the Lebem 5 is a great thing, but there are still major problems with owning a cell phone. Not only is the cellular network designed to track you every 30 seconds (solved with the ability to disable the modem in Libem 5) but there is a whole philosophical and social aspect to owning a cellular phone too. I reject ownership of it for both reasons, and encourage others to follow suite.

Btw, even if you have the modem off, the second you re-enable it if you are a targeted individual you could be swatted.
@purism @soothsayer My write-up on Cell phones has been well recieved, and while I only briefly cover the societal aspects, the technical aspects are well contained in there. I should update it soon.

From the article:

Think of this: Do you really have someone that you need to call so urgently that you need to carry a communications device on you at all times? As I said before, I just use my answering machine.

Using a cellphone in a home-en[vior]ment (and not out-and-about) is a stupid thing to do. Having the phone company give you a land-line is superior to a small devices that goes out when there is interference outside such as a simple lightning storm. Also, a home phone usually goes for $20/m (sometimes cheaper). The actual telephone can be bought for between $5 and $20. A contemporary Smart Phone seems to usually be between $50 to $800, and has a bill of $80 to $200/m. This is asinine to think you're getting a good deal.
@purism @soothsayer Continued from article:

lso, if you are a Doctor, a Taxi-Driver, or a Contractor you might need a cell phone. Otherwise, stop it. You really aren't that important. I think a pager would be a better choice all together though, as it has less chance of monitoring due to simply using the SMS system to receive text that you respond to later from another device.

@purism Good, because I'm a complete noob to linux, and not particularly techie inclined anyway.

@purism yess! So exciting! 😃 congrats to everyone involved in this wonderful project!


Awesome! I'm glad you didn't cut corners just to make it super thin (like /some/ manufacturers!)

If I ever need a smartphone, I'll know where to go!

@purism I replied to the email about preferred shipping batch, but have not heard anything since.. when should the next response come back (I am quite anxios)

@purism great news! Seems like only a matter weeks before we can at least feast our eyes on video's of the device in action. I was late so I'll have to wait a bit longer to get hands-on. Super excited.

@purism Not going to lie, the GNOME is looking good on mobile. Also, damn that phone is thiic.

@purism Thank you so much for all your hard work! I hope I can hold it in my hands one day!

@purism Terminal and Text Editor apps shipped by default - looks like an invitation to write custom scripts :)

@purism does the actual phone support full OpenGL, or just ES?

@tedpoppke yes, also available globally shipped from USA.

Definitely a hot candodate for being my next phone

I read today about it, but I see a very big problem. I have a handful Android-Apps, which I need every day (for example Threema).
And I think it needs years that the most necessary apps are on pureOS too. To reach the mass of people there would be the way, to add a ligth pure version of android too on the phone. So people can use a few android apps till there is a pureOS-version of it. I think this is a necessary intermediate step.

It would be my dream to have this secure phone and OS, but this way it´s not practicable and not usable in everyday life.

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