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Purism's Librem 5 Is Nearing $100k In Funding, But A Long Journey Remains

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  • Purism's Librem 5 Is Nearing $100k In Funding, But A Long Journey Remains

    Phoronix: Purism's Librem 5 Is Nearing $100k In Funding, But A Long Journey Remains

    This week Purism announced their plans for the Librem 5 smart-phone as a GNU/Linux smartphone that is privacy-respecting, as open as possible, and costs $599 USD. The company believes they can have the phone ready for release by early 2019 if they raise $1.5 million USD over the next two months. In just about three days they have raised nearly $100,000, but it's not clear if the pacing will continue to reach the milestone in time...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...=Librem-5-100k

  • #2
    3 days to pay day for me.

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    • #3
      2 weeks on vacation, when I'm back the first thing I will do is to back this project.

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      • #4
        Damn I must go make trucks of popcorn.

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        • #5
          $600 for specs that would even today be low end. Maybe at two hundred less the price premium would be acceptable, but, yeah, no.

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          • #6
            I'd rather someone selected an existing phone, something easy to install an alternate OS on that is readily available (oneplus / pixel / idk). Then build a new OS for that. You could dual boot while testing it. If the OS fails, like it probably will, at least you still have a useful phone.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NateHubbard View Post
              I'd rather someone selected an existing phone, something easy to install an alternate OS on that is readily available (oneplus / pixel / idk). Then build a new OS for that. You could dual boot while testing it. If the OS fails, like it probably will, at least you still have a useful phone.
              Have a look at the Halium work that the ubports developers are involved in. Standard layer that sits on top of android and lets you run more traditional Linux systems.

              Librem 5 is about making hardware that respects privacy. You can do that with just a new OS.

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              • #8
                I'd love to support it. But after buying an OpenMoko/FreeRunner and the Jolla phone - let's not talk about the tablet... - I'd rather wait and see where this is heading. I honestly wish them luck!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Otus View Post
                  $600 for specs that would even today be low end. Maybe at two hundred less the price premium would be acceptable, but, yeah, no.
                  I wonder, where is the actually comparable device which respects my privacy with better stats for less money?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ZeroPointEnergy View Post

                    I wonder, where is the actually comparable device which respects my privacy with better stats for less money?
                    I would be willing to pay a premium for privacy. Just not a ~$300 premium.

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