@onlooker
link
116M

About what I expected, to be honest. It’s nascent tech so of course it was going to be rough around the edges.

That said, I think Linux phones, Librem 5 included, have great potential. The Linux phone experience might not be all there yet, but hey, it’s here! That in itself is huge and I can only see it getting better.

@Reaton
link
56M

I would love to. But right now it seems that the sad truth is that every linux phones are not that good :/ I’d love to have a deGoogled phone with physical kill switches for cam and micro though

poVoq
mod
creator
link
5
edit-2
6M

I guess it makes sense to keep your expectations a bit lower. Which is also why I think the $150 approach from Pine64 is better. The cost of the Librem5 just makes it way too expensive for a secondary tinker device.

However using Ubuntu Touch on an older Android phone is actually not too bad these days. I use a OnePlus3 with UT as my daily driver. It’s not perfect, but not that bad either.

@marmulak
link
36M

Not always but most of the time

@adrianmalacoda
link
1
edit-2
6M

I haven’t watched the video (and probably won’t) so my response is to the question/title, not the video (Edit: From the rest of the comments here, I suspect the video says the Librem 5 is not quite ready but shows promise, which is my impression of it as well).

Is Linux always the answer?

No, free/libre software is the answer. However, Linux, being the most prominent libre OS kernel, will always be part of that answer (except in the alternate timeline where the GNU Hurd was released, but that’s not our timeline unfortunately). Linux by itself is nowhere near sufficient - all Android phones are Linux phones but most are locked down (tivoized) and user-hostile. If all I wanted was “Linux” I can just open up Termux.

Looking forward to receiving my Pinephone this week and tinkering with it.

@je_vv
link
26M

Nice !!

Care to write about your experience with pinephone once you’ve played around with it and look for alternative apps on it?

@linmob
link
26M

With regard to alternative apps, I hope that my https://linmobapps.frama.io project can be helpful. Contributions welcome!

@adrianmalacoda
link
26M

I would be delighted to

Community about running GNU/Linux on phones. Projects like Ubuntu Touch, Plasma Mobile, PostmarketOS, Mobian etc. Either on former Android phones or hardware like the PinePhone.

  • 0 users online
  • 1 user / day
  • 5 users / week
  • 22 users / month
  • 98 users / 6 months
  • 1239 subscribers
  • 147 Posts
  • 413 Comments
  • Modlog