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

@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 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.

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