Purism exceeds $1 million in funding for Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone

Jonathan MathewsPublic


Consumers don’t care about privacy anymore, right? Wrong — some actually do. True, we are systematically being conditioned to surrender our private information and rights nowadays, but some people are still fighting the good fight. In many ways, both the Linux and open source communities can be seen as the foundations of internet privacy.

The most popular mobile operating system on the planet, Android, is already based on Linux, but with Google in charge of it, many consumers cannot depend on it for privacy. With that said, Purism is planning to fight the impossible fight against Android and iOS with the “Librem 5” smartphone. This is a device that will run a privacy-focused Linux-based OS called “Pure OS,” but the hardware is wide open for any OS, really. Purism is trying to raise $1.5 million through crowdfunding, and earlier today, it reached a significant milestone —  $1 million! Maybe the fight isn’t impossible after all…

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