Librem 5, the first smartphone to have Plasma Mobile (or maybe not)

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Since Windows Phone and Ubuntu Phone began to plummet, there are many alternatives that are striving to be the third alternative within mobile operating systems. A tough rival for iOS and Android that offers variety to users and developers.

About us Purism seems to be making its bet on Plasma Mobile, the alternative that the KDE team presented months ago and that is gradually becoming an interesting option for many users, but, as happened in past attempts, Plasma Mobile does not have its own devices. At least until now.

Purism and KDE have announced that they are working on Librem 5, a smartphone that will bring Plasma Mobile with it. At the moment, Librem 5 is a smartphone that is seeking financing for its manufacture and commercialization, which tells us that it will take time to hit the market. But if so, we would be facing a totally free smartphone that works with Linux and with the Plasma desktop for mobiles. Being a great alternative for users who do not want Android or iOS.

Possibly, if it exists, if I think it would be the great third alternative, since Plasma Mobile is not only a private operating system but also It will also be compatible with Android applications, Firefox OS, Ubuntu Phone, etc ... An ecosystem that will collect a wide range of apps without losing the privacy and security that Gnu / Linux offers.

The negative side of this project is in its costs. As with the famous Ubuntu Edge, Librem 5 needs a very large financing, more than 1,5 million dollars. Something that caused Ubuntu Edge to fail and the same may happen with Librem 5. The crowdfunding campaign it is still in force, but the money raised has not yet reached a million dollars. In any case, if a company like Purism has taken a look at Plasma Mobile, KDE-enabled mobiles may appear in no time.

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  1.   Eduardo said

    Hi Joaquín, the title is wrong, I think it should say Plasma. Thanks for the info.

  2.   Joaquin Garcia said

    Hi Eduardo, thank you very much for the notice. It is already modified. I'm really sorry, sometimes I write and review so fast that I don't even realize it. Thank you very much and greetings!!!

  3.   Rolo said

    I don't know how good it is to raise such expectations on a cell phone that it will cost € 600.
    It gives me the impression that it will be a failure from minute 0.
    A raspberry pi has a 4-core processor and no more than 1GB of ram and runs an xlde perfectly on a 40 ”tv.
    I think that the ideal would be to rescue the mobile desktop based on html5 / css3 and javascrit that firefox had created and adapt it to a base system gnu / linux. Then see how to load the firmware of the android kernel and make a patch to be able to replace the android roms with a linux