Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Aug 2017 21:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Purism, maker of Linux laptops with Coreboot, have started started a crowdfunding campaign for their smartphone. Now, I rarely - if ever - link to crowdfunding campaigns (for obvious reasons), but I feel this one might just be quite, quite desirable for many OSNews readers.

Librem 5, the phone that focuses on security by design and privacy protection by default. Running Free/Libre and Open Source software and a GNU+Linux Operating System designed to create an open development utopia, rather than the walled gardens from all other phone providers.

A fully standards-based freedom-oriented system, based on Debian and many other upstream projects, has never been done before - we will be the first to seriously attempt this.

The Librem 5 phone will be the world's first ever IP-native mobile handset, using end-to-end encrypted decentralized communication.

It'll have hardware killswitches for the camera, microphone, WiFi, and the baseband. I wish the team a lot of luck - they'll need it, because making a phone is hard.

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Making the phone is the easy bit
by shotsman on Fri 25th Aug 2017 05:42 UTC
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The hard bit is
- putting it into production
- Getting stores to sell it (Crowdfunding can only go so far)
- Getting people to buy it (beyond the Crowdfunders)
- Ongoing support

- Making a profit.

That does not even take into consideration the lack of Apps. Getting developers to put their toes in the Water with Windows 10 Mobile (to differentiate it from previous debacles) is IMHO a non starter

As Ubuntu and Firefox and others have found... This model really does not work in 2017. In 2007? Yes it would have done but since 2012, Android controls the market with iOS a distant second in raw sales numbers.

I would not waste my money on this unless I could afford to lose the lot.

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