Librem 5 is an alternative smartphone to iOS and Android and among the first to be 100% based off GNU/Linux.
It’s launch price is set to 600€ and set to ship in April 2019.
- respectful of privacy
- a whole new set of alternative apps. It will not be based on either the Apple AppStore or Google Play
- Hardware kill-switches
- many more, head to their website to check it out …
- early users will probably have to be patient after launch before everything settles and works smoothly
- pricetag (600€ can be a lot for some budgets)
- Some mainstream medias might not be available (whatsapp,
My (current) position, and a little history
At the very beginning of Ind.ie, some years back, there was talk of creating, one day, a phone empowering users with their privacy. Things leading elsewhere, Ind.ie had to follow different paths and when I asked @aral about it in 2015, the answer was that it was still your dream.
Incidently, it’s also mine, i’m just not capable of building it and it’s clear that no one-person could achieve such a project anyways. It requires at least an experienced and qualified team. I don’t know Purism that much though there have been some topics about them on this forum. They do seem like good people.
I’ve had my mind fixed on this Librem 5 phone for a few months now. I’m thinking it could finally be a breakthrough.
To put it simply, I’m sick of Android. Even custom ROMS where you can root and fine tune your privacy settings. That’s what I did. And my smartphone is castrated because in Android, if you want something, you have to pass through Google Play, and you have to sign in your device with a google account. I’m not much of an Apple fan and I do not want to go to iOS as an alternative to Android.
In fact, I’m even more sickened by the fact that smartphone vendors and telecom firms today have nothing to offer apart from iOS or Android.
So I’m looking at purism and their Librem 5 project.
I would love to hear from you all on the topic.