Lilbits 399: Huawei’s chips, OnePlus x-ray cam, and Facebook gets GIPHY

Earlier this week the US government extended its order prohibiting US companies from using telecommunications equipment from Huawei or ZTE by another year. Now the Trump Administration has introduced a new executive order that could make things even more difficult for Huawei. US companies were already blocked from selling equipment and intellectual property to the […]

Lilbits 379: Lenovo’s USB-C bug, LG’s desktop mode, and Linux phones

Sometimes I like to tweet links to well written articles on other tech news sites rather than re-write the news for Liliputing. And sometimes I like to roundup some of those recent Tweets into a blog post so that folks who don’t follow us on Twitter or Facebook don’t feel left out. With that in […]

Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone getting a price hike in 2020 (also Purism sells servers now)

Purism got its start by selling laptops loaded with free and open source Linux-based software with an emphasis on privacy and security features. This year the company expanded into the smartphone space with the introduction of the Librem 5 smartphone (which recently started shipping in small quantities). Now the company is moving into new territory […]

Purism Librem 5 USA is a made-in-America version of the Linux smartphone (for nearly 3X the price)

Purism’s Librem 5 is a Linux smartphone that ships with PureOS, a GNU/Linux-based operating system with a user interface based on GNOME. That alone would probably be enough to make the phone stand out — but Purism is also emphasizing its privacy and security features including hardware kill switches that can disconnect the wireless components, […]

Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphone user reviews starting to come in (it’s a mixed, if optimistic bag)

The Librem 5 is the first smartphone from Linux laptop maker Purism. First announced more than two years ago, the Librem 5 still isn’t quite ready for prime time. But folks willing to pay $699 for pre-production hardware have started to receive devices from the Librem 5 Birch batch that began shipping last week. That means […]

PinePhone smartphone can run desktop Linux apps, also makes phone calls

The PinePhone is a $150 smartphone designed to run free and open source software. For the most part that probably means users will run Linux-based operating systems that have been optimized for mobile devices, like PostmartketOS, Ubuntu Touch, or KDE Plasma Mobile. But since the PinePhone is basically a cheap, low-power Linux computer, it can […]

Purism starts shipping the Librem 5 smartphone (Linux-based, privacy-focused phone)

Purism, a company best known for selling laptops that run free and open source, Linux-based software, is now shipping its first smartphone. The Purism Librem 5 phone has been under development for several years, and it’s still a bit of a work in progress. The first set of phones to ship are part of the […]

First batch of Purism Librem 5 Linux smartphones ships in late September

The Purism Librem 5 is a smartphone designed to run free and open source, Linux-based software and offer privacy and security features including hardware kill switches for disabling the wireless components, camera, and microphone. It’s been under development for several years, and it’s finally set to begin shipping soon. Purism has been promising to deliver […]