Purism’s Librem 5 Linux phone will likely feature NXP i.mx8 processor (if it ships)

It’s starting to look like that Purism Librem 5 smartphone with a GNU/Linux operating system and hardware kill switches for the camera, mic, wireless features might actually happen. While you can often predict the success or failure of a crowdfunding campaign based on its first few days, the Librem 5 project didn’t pick up a […]

Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone will support GNOME or KDE software (if it launches)

Purism launched a crowdfunding campaign for a GNU/Linux smartphone last month, in the hopes of raising $1.5 million to bring the Purism Librem 5 to market. With more than a month to go, the corporation has raised nearly $300,000 which sounds pretty good until you realize that it’s just about 20 percent of the goal. […]

Purism plans to build a GNU/Linux smartphone that will sell for $599

Purism is a startup that sells a couple of laptops that ship with free and open source software and tools that give users more control over their privacy and security. Now Purism is hoping to do the same thing with a smartphone. After announcing last year that the corporation was considering building a smartphone, Purism […]

Replicant OS 6.0 released (Android Marshmallow without the proprietary bits)

Replicant OS is a fork of Google’s Android operating system that’s had all the proprietary code removed. It takes a lot of time and effort to do that, so while we’re getting ready for Google to release Android O in the not-too-distant future, the Replicant team has just released version 6.0, which is based on […]

Rockbox custom firmware for MP3 players gets first major update in 4 years

When you buy a Windows computer there’s a good chance that if you’d prefer to run a different operating system you can install a GNU/Linux distribution. Likewise you can replace the operating system on many Android phones with a custom ROM. There’s even custom firmware for some routers… and for some MP3 players (or digital […]

F-Droid gets a makeover (app store for free and open source Android apps)

F-Droid is a third-party app store for Android apps. What makes it different from the Google Play Store is that while there are some free and open source apps available in Google’s store, the only apps you’ll find in F-Droid are FOSS. If you don’t care about those things, you’ll find a much wider selection of […]

Olimex Teres I is an open source, DIY laptop kit for $240

There are laptops that run open source software. And then there’s the Olimix Teres I laptop, which is not only designed to run Linux-based software, but which features open source hardware: you can find the CAD files necessary to build your own laptop at the project’s github page. In fact, even if you buy the […]

Purism’s next product could be a smartphone that runs Linux/free software

Purism is a company that’s been developing laptops and tablets that run Linux-based, free and open source software for a few years. Now Purism is considering building a smartphone and the company is soliciting feedback from potential customers. The idea would be to release a Librem Phone that runs GNU/Linux rather than Android, and which […]

EOMA68 modular laptop/desktop raises more than $150 thousand through crowdfunding, here’s what’s next

The EOMA68 project is an effort to design a system of modular computing devices that use interchangeable PC cards. The processor, memory, storage, and operating system are all on a card that you can pop out of a laptop or desktop and replace with a different card. Theoretically any type of processor and operating system […]