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    Phoronix: To Little Surprise, Many Linux Apps Run On The Librem 5 Linux Smartphone

    Now being into Q3, we're waiting to see if Purism will be able to deliver the Librem 5 GNU/Linux smartphone this quarter after being pushed back twice from their original January ship date. They haven't released any finished design yet or the finalized specifications (they still haven't finalized on the RAM, battery, cameras, and speaker(s)), but their latest series of blog posts are showing that GNOME/Linux applications can run on their Librem 5 developer kit...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...uns-Linux-Apps

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    I am surprised they haven't decided to go for an image based/ostree type approach for the OS, like Fedora silverblue, but for phones.

    For those not following along with the development, I think it WILL be a surprise that "normal" linux desktop apps can work on the phone. It isnt a surprise because they have publicly put a lot of work into it.

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    • #3
      Vaporware.

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      • #4
        "Now being into Q3, we're waiting to see if Purism will be able to deliver the Librem 5 GNU/Linux smartphone this quarter after being pushed back twice from their original January ship date. They haven't released any finished design yet or the finalized specifications (they still haven't finalized on the RAM, battery, cameras, and speaker(s))..."

        One would assume that the second sentence provides the answer to the first.

        Librem had better "...step it up and go..."; the $149.00 PinePhone, a hand-held Linux computer masquerading as a secure, NON-Android smartphone, is scheduled to start shipping in Q4. All kinds of operating systems; replaceable low-cost Samsung battery; BOOTABLE microSD card; HD digital video out; hardware switches to disable functions, for security; headphone jack... you know--little things like that. For $149.00. And no Google.

        https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/
        Last edited by danmcgrew; 07-04-2019, 11:06 AM.

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        • #5
          The pinephone is more of a media player than an actual phone though. as it lacks the necessary telephony functionality/hardware.

          It should be a great device to play around with though.

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          • #6
            Why would you run GNU Emacs in a terminal when you have a working display server? This annoys me a lot, as the graphical version is MUCH better, and I don't understand why anyone would pick the terminal version over it.

            Even Android can match this without rooting, and nowadays Termux can run X11 and access it via VNC, so it can even run the graphical version.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by danmcgrew View Post
              Librem had better "...step it up and go..."; the $149.00 PinePhone, a hand-held Linux computer masquerading as a secure, NON-Android smartphone, is scheduled to start shipping in Q4.
              The difference is that Librem 5 will actually have one cohesive experience so it should be more streamlined. The cost of the pinephone is so low because it's missing some components that you'd find in a smartphone, let alone the developer support which I'm willing to bet that it doesn't have the same level of it.

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              • #8
                @ #5 --

                "The pinephone is more of a media player than an actual phone though. as it lacks the necessary telephony functionality/hardware."

                Really.

                And precisely from where are you getting this extremely valuable information, the dissemination of which--unless true--can have extremely dire consequences for the manufacturer of the PinePhone? And which you have no problem passing on as truth, and without attribution.

                You have been given hard facts. Please extend all readers the courtesy of sharing your 'hard-fact' sources of this valuable information you have in your possession.

                If you cannot do this, then we must all assume that you are merely stating a personal opinion, and not verifiable; your personal opinion has no place in this discussion**, given that you have been provided with facts which can be easily checked.

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                **You make the same mistake that most who respond to articles and valid comments such as this do--you respond as if this is about you. It is not about you; no one cares what your personal opinion is. You must specifically state that your response is ONLY your personal opinion.


                "Most people will accept 'facts' as true only if those 'facts' agree with what they already believe."--Andy Rooney.
                Last edited by danmcgrew; 07-04-2019, 12:02 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by danmcgrew View Post
                  @ #5 --

                  "The pinephone is more of a media player than an actual phone though. as it lacks the necessary telephony functionality/hardware."

                  Really.
                  That was a really long comment for what was basically "that's like, you're opinion man." Settle down.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by You- View Post
                    The pinephone is more of a media player than an actual phone though. as it lacks the necessary telephony functionality/hardware.

                    It should be a great device to play around with though.
                    What?

                    Originally posted by https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/
                    • Quectel EG-25G with worldwide bands
                    • Hw switches: LTE/GNSS, WiFi, Microphone, Speaker, USB
                    It ticks all the boxes for me, perhaps except Galileo for GNSS.

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