With increasing penetration of digital devices in our life, we often end up loosing our privacy and security to online application. Safety along with freedom have become a major concern when it comes to digital presence of a user.
Librem 5 – What ?
Mobile phones play a critical role in our daily life, but it is also one of the main sources from where you lose your privacy and knowingly or unknowingly shed out your personal information which is then collected in bulk by some of the major market players.
This loophole has been identified by Purism, and they have come up with a security and privacy focused phone called Librem 5.
Librem 5 is a phone ( planned to be launched in Jan, 2019) that focuses on security and privacy protection while running open source software with GNU+Linux Operating System. Librem 5 will be world’s first IP-Native mobile handset, which means this phone will use end-to-end encrypted and decentralized communication.
In Purism’s words:
“We believe phones should not track you nor exploit your digital life, We at Purism are building a phone that does not run Android nor iOS, but runs PureOS or any GNU/Linux distribution where all the source code is available.”
“It will never exploit you for profit.”
With 5″ screen and compatibility with 2G/3G/4G, GSM , UMTS, and LTE networks Librem 5 will have i.MX6/i.MX8 CPU along with metal case, high-resolution camera and multifunctional port.
The phone will be capable of making video/audio calls, encrypted messaging, mailing and browsing. The phone also stretches its limits with an option to become a fully functional desktop computer with support for compatible keyboard, mouse and monitor.
Librem 5 comes with a promise that your future will be secure and your privacy will be respected with the community driven development environment where all source code can be used, re-purposed and shared to improve society as a whole.
How can I contribute?
You can play your part in development of this mobile either by supporting the cause and making a contribution towards the project or by creating ringtones and/or notification sounds for the project by participating in the ‘Ringtone Contest‘ and sending your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a small video from Purism introducing Librem 5: