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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RE: Comment by mail4asim
by cb88 on Sat 26th Aug 2017 04:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by mail4asim"
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Thats most of it anyway, you still need good hardware.

FirefoxOS for instance.... I had a ZTE Open C for awhile, the hardware was mostly adequate, what was really missing though was a good camera, the one it had was practically a toy camera.

Alot of apps people use depend on the camera, or the headphones/bluetooth support.

Personally I wish FirefoxOS would come back with better hardware. And now there are webassembly apps for those things that need more performance. It's kind of sad... sometimes Mozilla has the right ideas but it doesn't come together soon enough for it to stay afloat.

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