In the previous installment of this three-part series, we took a look at the reasons why having truly open source-friendly Linux-based phones are not only a good thing to have but are also necessary to shake up things in the mobile space. The idea, of course, isn’t new and goes as far back as the OpenMoko community-driven project and even the mostly-but-not-totally open source Nokia N900 and N9. Those days are long gone, however, and the smartphone industry has changed drastically over the last decade and so have the attempts at making Linux phones. In this part, we take stock of the options that are currently available not just to Linux enthusiasts but to privacy and freedom-loving people as well.
I’d love to have a mobile operating system based on Linux that isn’t Android, but it seems like all the options still have a long, long way to go.
Given the fact that a half-decent intel cpu driver for linux took a decade to appear, I don’t expect to see a decent linux phone in my (statistically speaking) thirty years to remain on this planet.