Early images of @Purism Librem 5's prototype OS are based on Debian testing. This means phones supported by mainline Linux can run it.
It is to be noted that Purism will focus on FSF-endorsed PureOS and RYF-certified hardware, and does not support non-free hardware. This is not the intended used of those dev images.
The i.MX.8M board used for the Librem 5 sports a hardware decoding and encoding device. Whether it requires non-free firmware or driver is being studied. If it required a proprietary driver, the device would not be used, as it would prevent the RYF certification.
The applications on the Librem 5 will be distributed both through Flatpacks and Debian packages.
The recommended way will be through Flatpacks, but PureOS being debian-based, .deb packages will be supported. Docs are incoming for developers. A GUI for end-users will be designed later: no 'App store' has been designed so far
Dis @tcit, tu connaîtrais des clients lourds pour Wallabag dont la GUI est basée sur GTK+ 3?
Le Librem 5 arrive dans une demi année, et je commence à essayer de voir comment je vais pouvoir continuer à lire mes articles dans le métro en toute Liberté (logicielle, mais aussi matérielle) 🙂
@Framasoft please share :)
The big steps of the Librem 5 hardware making consist of:
1. Early hardware selection and proto to confirm the choices. Resulted in narrowing the choice to the iMX6.m and iMX8.m boards
2. Further testing on the selected board. Resulted in selecting the iMX8.m board
3. Modules selection to fit on the board, with the Freedom, power usage, and availability constraints
4. Design and wiring of the hardware
5. Production and shipping
The dev kit is between 4&5, and the phone between 3&4
Android support on the Librem 5 is low on the list: @Purism intends to drive to a different approach. There is true interest from the community in coding native apps.
Any GNU/Linux app will be able to run on the Librem 5: the only issue will be the GUI. For GTK+ 3 based apps, @Purism offers a lib, called libhandy, with new GTK+ widgets to ease the transition. The long term goal is to get libhandy merged in GTK+ 4
The Librem 11 has been moved to the 'version 4' industrial design across @Purism products. It will most likely sport a 12" screen.
The expected release order of Librem products released under v4 design is: Librem 12, Librem 13, Librem 15, Librem 5.