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Some days after the first Purism Librem 5 smartphones from the second, still developer-oriented "Birch" batch release, user reviews and videos have started appearing on the Internet. The most popular and dense "review" of the current Librem 5 Birch has been published (u/kop316) on the r/Purism Reddit community
Purism's Librem 5, arguably the first modern privacy-oriented Linux smartphone, has just started shipping its early Aspen batch to their earliest users. This very early batch of Librem 5 devices is still almost prototype-grade, featuring the very first mechanical and hardware design, with hand-crafted switch caps, initial apps and basic
Shortly after Purism crowd-funded the Librem 5 $650 privacy-oriented Linux smartphone, Pine64 announced the PinePhone, a $150 entry level alternative with similar design, aim and specifications. So which one should you choose - and why is the Librem 5 much higher cost still worth the investment? > #Purism [https://twitter.com/
If there is a Linux smartphone that does not need any introduction, that is probably Purism's Librem 5. After a successful crowdfunding campaign [https://web.archive.org/web/20171118081346/https://puri.sm/shop/librem-5/] launched back in 2017, which helped Purism raise about $2M, there have been several official updates
The choice of a modem was arguably the most discussed topics during the Librem5 development. After evaluating many choices and shipping development kits with SimCom SIM7100 [https://techship.com/products/simcom-sim7100-lte-mpcie-us/] (Qualcomm MDM9215) modules, Purism's FAQ page [https://puri.sm/faq/] has been updated with information regarding the supported LTE
No matter how cool your smartphone (or its OS) is, you aren't going much further than with a feature phones unless there's a wide, good quality app ecosystem to back it up. As we've seen in our previous post [https://tuxphones.com/gnome-desktop-phosh-ready-for-purism-necunos-linux-smartphones/], both Purism and GNOME are actively workin
The GNOME Desktop Environment is, alongside KDE Plasma, probably the most supported and widely used platform for desktop Linux users. Its extremely modern and touch-supported user interface is nowadays the default out-of-the-box environment on most distros, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the official choice of Purism for their Librem5 Linux smartphone. Here