KDE and Purism are partnering up to make a new smartphone that is going by the name of Librem 5. The smartphone is expected to be using the Gnome or the KDE environment.
The issue with creating a new smartphone is that the marketplace is already dominated by Android and Apple.
Linux smartphones are nothing new but you never hear about them because like the Linux operating system they are focused on a very specific audience.
So who is this for then?
The Librem 5 is solely for people who are worried about their privacy and if you are being tracked or not, and this is also the big thing about all Linux distributions, is that you are not having to worry about who is monitoring your daily activities.
The Librem 5 will be using 100% open source software including its drivers, and this is its focal point. The Librem 5 has already reached $300,000 of its $1.5 million goal, which is promising but I’m not holding my breath.
Why am I not excited for this release?
Well it comes from owning a Windows phone, the lack of support for apps really killed my excitement towards the device and I soon found myself with android again, and this is how I see the Linux smartphone being as well.
In the end, it comes down to the user, if you know what you are getting yourself into when purchasing a Linux smartphone then you are already well aware of the pros and cons.
Check out the crowdfunding here: https://puri.sm/shop/librem5