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Linux-based postmarketOS may support Android apps thanks to Anbox (PinePhone, Librem 5, and more)

One of the key selling points of Linux smartphones like the PinePhone and Purism Librem 5 is that they’re designed to run free and open source GNU/Linux-based operating systems rather than partially open software like Google Android. But there’s an app gap — sure, both Android and Linux support millions of apps. But most Android […]

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PinePhone Braveheart Linux smartphone begins shipping January 17th

The PinePhone is an inexpensive smartphone designed to run Linux-based operating systems. Developed by the folks at Pine64, the $150 smartphone was first announced about a year ago — and this week the first units will ship. Pine64 says it will begin shipping the PinePhone Braveheart Edition on January 17th — although it could take […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Now you can buy a Linux smartphone for $150 (PinePhone BraveHeart developer/early adopter edition)

Several companies are planning to ship Linux smartphones in the coming months. The PinePhone is by far the cheapest — and it could be one of the first to ship… if you’re OK spending money on a developer/early adopter edition phone. The PinePhone “BraveHeart” Limited Edition smartphone is now available for purchase for $150. It’s […]

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PinePhone “Brave Heart Edition” pre-orders open Nov 15th (Cheap Linux smartphone)

Pine64’s first smartphone is set to ship by the end of the year… sort of. The PinePhone is a $149 smartphone designed to run free and open source operating systems such as PostmarketOS, Ubuntu Touch, KDE Plasma Mobile, LuneOS, or Sailfish OS. First unveiled in January, the PinePhone has been under development ever since — and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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PinePhone begins shipping to developers this month ($150 Linux smartphone)

There are several companies working to bring smartphones running free and open source, GNU/Linux-based software to market this year. The PinePhone is likely to be the cheapest… and one of the first to ship. At the start of the year, Pine64 announced plans to build a $150 smartphone, and they’ve been releasing status updates throughout […]

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Librem 5 smartphone will have two M.2 slots for replaceable wireless cards

Purism’s upcoming Librem 5 smartphone is designed to stand out from in a few big ways. It’ll ship with an open source, GNU/Linux-based operating system called PureOS. Users will be able to replace the operating system with an alternate OS if they like. And there will be hardware kill switches to let you shut off […]

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Purism finalizes specs for the Librem 5 Linux smartphone (shipping in Q3, 2019)

Linux laptop company Purism is getting ready to ship its first Linux smartphone. The Purism Librem 5 was first announced in mid-2017, raised over $1.5 million through a crowdfunding campaign a few months later, and has been under development ever since. But some details have been in flux. Now that Purism says the phone is […]

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Purism’s upcoming Librem 5 Linux phone inches closer to being able to do what phones do

The upcoming Librem 5 smartphone doesn’t have the fastest processor, the most RAM, the highest-res display, the most cameras, or any of the other superlatives that phone makers are using to one-up each other these days. But what it does have going for it is an emphasis on privacy, security, and open source software. Purism […]