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Lilbits 347: Xposed Framework for Android Pie (unofficial)

While I was kind of excited this week to see that it’s possible to unlock the bootloader and root the latest Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet, that’s because the Fire tablet lineup is unusual: they’re dirt cheap, Android-based tablets that run a highly customized version of Android that’s not to everyone’s tastes. Hacking them to […]

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Dev kits for Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone are now shipping

Purism hopes to ship its first smartphone in the first half of 2019 which wouldn’t be all that unusual if Purism weren’t a rather unusual company. Actually company’s not even the right word — Purism is a “social purpose corporation” that prioritizes software and hardware freedom, privacy, and security over profit. All of the laptops […]

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Purism’s Librem 5 Linux smartphone to ship in April, 2019

Purism has been building and selling computers with free and open source GNU/Linux software for the past few years, and last year the corporation announced plans to build its first smartphone. When Purism launched a crowdfunding campaign for the upcoming Librem 5 smartphone, the goal was to ship the phone in January, 2019. Now Purism […]

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Lilbits 331: Non-IFA news edition

The IFA show in Berlin technically begins on Thursday, but Intel, Acer, and Dell have already kicked things off with a series of announcements related to new processors and a whole bunch of new laptops. But not all the news this week is coming out of IFA. The Information reports that Amazon is getting ready […]

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Purism wants to create a GNOME mobile shell for Linux smartphones (and other Librem 5 phone update)

Linux computer maker Purism hopes to ship their smartphone in January, and the corporation has been providing updates about development of the upcoming Librem 5 smartphone periodically since launching a crowdfunding campaign last September (that campaign eventually raised more than $1.5 million through pre-orders). We know that the phone will feature an NXP i.MX8 processor, that it […]

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Librem 5 Linux smartphone will support Ubuntu Touch, PureOS, or PureOS with KDE Plasma Mobile

After raising more than $2 million last year to build a Linux-powered smartphone with a focus on privacy and open source software, Purism hopes to deliver the first Librem 5 smartphones early next year. The phone is expected to ship with an NXP i.MX8M 64-bit, ARM Cortex-A53 processor, feature 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a […]

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Librem 5 smartphone hits its $1.5 million crowfunding goal

This summer the folks at Purism announced they wanted to raise $1.5 million to create a smartphone that runs free and open source GNU/Linux software and includes hardware kill switches to give users more control over their privacy and security settings. The Librem 5 crowdfunding campaign got off to a slow start and looked like […]

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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 […]

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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. […]