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 philcostin
by kurkosdr on Sat 26th Aug 2017 12:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by philcostin"
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Ah, a new spy device for those who haven't been convinced by the current ones. Non-spy phones are not allowed. End of story.

Seriously though, nice idea, really, if it were actually not another spy-phone - but then you already know how successful it's going to be, based on history. It's a shame, really.

I bet that when you go to a new restaurant, you look under the table for hidden microphones.

Edited 2017-08-26 12:07 UTC

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