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.
They’ll need more than luck, they will need to not pull the same shenanigans they did with their laptop. They lied about it from the beginning, knowing full well that modern Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs are impossible to run with fully open firmware and drivers.