"The Librem 5 is unlike anything else on the market. Not only is it one of the only smartphones on Earth that doesn't ship with Android, a fork of Android, or iOS—Purism's commitment to 100% open software, with no binary blobs..." https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/09/purisms-librem-5-phone-starts-shipping-a-fully-open-gnulinux-phone/ #linux #opensource #librem5 #smartphone #pureos #gnome
"The OS is the Free Software Foundation endorsed by PureOS, a Linux distribution that, in this case, has been reworked with a mobile UI. Purism says it will provide updates for the "lifetime" of the device, which would be a stark contrast to the two years of updates you get with an Android phone."
"Selling a smartphone is a cutthroat business, and we've seen dozens of companies try and fail over the years. Purism didn't just survive long enough to ship a product—it survived in what is probably the hardest way possible, by building a non-Android phone with demands that all the hardware components use open code. Making it this far is an amazing accomplishment."
@purism There's actually over 85Million smartphones out there running KaiOS, too, but I'm all for the success of PureOS. https://techcrunch.com/2019/02/25/kaios-now-with-85m-feature-phones-shipped-doubles-down-with-google-carrier-deals-and-more/
@purism I need a signal and riot.im (matrix) client, then I am ready to buy one of the later batches! I am rooting for you!
@purism Now if it only had a physical keyboard, this would be gold.