Is Linux always the answer? - Librem 5 Smartphone

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  1. Bob Stringer

    Bob StringerΠριν ημέρα

    Question: Can spy software FlexiSpy be installed onto a Linux phone ?

  2. Arroyo Herrero Daniel Gaspar

    Arroyo Herrero Daniel GasparΠριν ημέρα

    What!? That phone has earbuds AND a charger included in the box!? impressive, that's like... revolutionary

  3. Rannon

    RannonΠριν 2 ημέρες

    So I'm guessing that Librem 10 (sorry, uh, Librem X ;) might be when it's viable for normal users

  4. AlmostVegas | Joey

    AlmostVegas | JoeyΠριν 3 ημέρες

    The os isn't even stripped down, it's literally the same os as the desktop version according to their site which is kinda neat

  5. Amolith

    AmolithΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I've been watching the development of the Librem 5 for a while now and ended up shaking my head at nearly every one of Purism's decisions. The idea is awesome, the hardware is good, and the specs are alright but the software is still immature the price absurd. $800 is ridiculous even thinking of it as an "investment in the future of Linux on mobile". I would really be interested to see Anthony take a look at Pine64's Pinephone (once it's back in stock). In my opinion, Pine64 have done everything right. They make the hardware and sell the product without making very much profit. If I remember correctly, they're actually not making any profit from the Pinephone though I could be very wrong. In any case, it's a smartphone running Linux at only $200. The hardware is not great but you can always throw a lightweight distro on it like postmarketOS with i3, Sway, or even Sxmo for a better experience until the fancier DEs are more polished.

  6. Michael

    MichaelΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Hmm.. I guess ill have to go with an iPhone 😔

  7. ted rebel

    ted rebelΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Linus would be proud of that segwey.

  8. Bryan Taylor

    Bryan TaylorΠριν 4 ημέρες

    In 2004 I was huge Linux fanboi and was tinkering with a compaq ipaq pda that originally came with win ce, and I replaced it with OPIE Linux. It ran pretty good I was streaming yt with a huge pcmcia wifi card pack and opera mobile browser and with a data cable from my lg flip phone. tcpdump, aircrack, it was all there. Opie had the IPKG 'itsy package manager.' I thought it was going to be the future with some kind of seamless mobile/desktop with compiz, remember compiz? Then the iphone came out, and corporate doesn't support Linux for employees, and ended up on a mac for daily driver. So, I'm kinda disappointing this can't work the same way it is with grabbing a motherboard and installing Linux. The thing I miss the most about running Linux as my daily driver is that, you're not forced to change, you can have the same workflow for decades.

  9. Reezuleanu

    ReezuleanuΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Is it possible for the phone to get updates that actually optimize the OS for the hardware? I really don't think it's already optimized to be on a phone.

  10. garGANtuan

    garGANtuanΠριν 6 ημέρες

    A thicc phone for a thicc man

  11. Aayla Fetzer

    Aayla FetzerΠριν 7 ημέρες

    Put i3 on it lol

  12. TwoTailedBeast

    TwoTailedBeastΠριν 7 ημέρες

    What I'm getting from this is you're still better off with a basic phone and small Linux laptop for privacy.

  13. Ville Väinö

    Ville VäinöΠριν 7 ημέρες

    799 for that piece of shit. Haha

  14. Viacheslav Romanov

    Viacheslav RomanovΠριν 8 ημέρες

    That’s the reason why I ditched Linux desktop

  15. gusherz

    gusherzΠριν 8 ημέρες

    Anthony looks like a discord moderator

  16. Dez

    DezΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Why is this thing 2000$ for the USA's like they don't want us to get this phone...smh

  17. Pitchfork Rebel

    Pitchfork RebelΠριν 9 ημέρες

    $2K better mean more than 3GB RAM

  18. Red Rain

    Red RainΠριν 8 ημέρες

    It's the same specs...just made in the USA* *And it's not even fully made in the USA... I suggest checking out the Pinephone instead.

  19. Superblue

    SuperblueΠριν 9 ημέρες

    that's a hacker phone is not for n00bz, they have iphone

  20. MrStevetmq

    MrStevetmqΠριν 9 ημέρες

    I found this when I was searching for 100euro smartphone and it took me a long time looking at the website just to find out that this is not close to 100euro.

  21. twkbtw

    twkbtwΠριν 9 ημέρες

    they should do better with that price point. they're hijacking our privacy enthusiasm and love of Linux. *sad face*

  22. startand0

    startand0Πριν 9 ημέρες

    what a voice

  23. Aile Nozzam

    Aile NozzamΠριν 10 ημέρες

    It's meant to be for developers interested in developing linux on smartphones, not for regular users.

  24. Hoystein

    HoysteinΠριν 10 ημέρες

    Calling Linux a "fat" OS is a bit silly if this is your reason. You're looking at what is for all intents a BETA and saying it's bloated based on the fact it does not have GPU acceleration work yet when it has a third the layers of added bloat of android or iOS. It's not as polished as other linux distros yet. We will have to wait a while for that.

  25. Jamie Owen

    Jamie OwenΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Or you could just change the os to something like post mark os

  26. Chris Hayes

    Chris HayesΠριν 11 ημέρες

    I'm curious how the battery does. Very important for phones and from what I've heard Linux phones have horrific battery usage. Canonical dropping Ubuntu Touch support makes you think Linux OS's will never really become a thing.

  27. Danilo Kordic

    Danilo KordicΠριν 11 ημέρες

    It's very secure whrn it's off.

  28. TheDeathmail

    TheDeathmailΠριν 11 ημέρες

    To be fair; if they had more time, it might improve... but they'd need a user base... but a user base only wants what's best in performance... it's a catch 22...

  29. rylixav -

    rylixav -Πριν 11 ημέρες

    13:09 "I wanna like it so much. It's got a lot of really good ideas. As for the usability though..." Yeah, that's Linux in a nutshell.

  30. Skeptical Caveman

    Skeptical CavemanΠριν 11 ημέρες

    The Fairphone 3+ a better choice for a Linux phone, better screen, performance and replaceable and upgradeable parts.

  31. Eoghain Lebioda

    Eoghain LebiodaΠριν 11 ημέρες

    my god I'm so sick of that error message on my browser

  32. Megamanx1978

    Megamanx1978Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Anthony If you want a affordable Linux privacy phone why not get a Pinephone?

  33. Blood Raven

    Blood RavenΠριν 12 ημέρες

    As far as I know, you can install pretty much any of the mobile linux distros on this thing besides purism. That would be Ubuntu touch, Mobian (mobile debian) and there were a few others I think. Maybe do a follow-up video exploring how those stack up to PurismOS?

  34. Epsilonsama

    EpsilonsamaΠριν 12 ημέρες

    It looks like they are running GNOME on a phone. Pretty interesting concept specially for security minded individuals and intelligence agencies.

  35. Aditya

    AdityaΠριν 12 ημέρες

    This guy is so respectable Edit: Or should I say admirable? 🤔

  36. Aditya

    AdityaΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Anthony: I use an iphone 11 pro max Me: He's an isheep! Also Anthony: I use mac os, windows, linux Me: Ohh 🙁

  37. Asimo Cloud

    Asimo CloudΠριν 12 ημέρες

    Bill gates: so... when can I buy you Linux? Or... winux??? Edi: lol I couldn’t spell bill gates

  38. Brothers in Metal

    Brothers in MetalΠριν 13 ημέρες

    800$ for a janktastic phone....This will never go anywhere with that price unfortunately.

  39. Brothers in Metal

    Brothers in MetalΠριν 13 ημέρες

    You guys should a video on the Lumia WOA project.

  40. Yash Pal Goyal

    Yash Pal GoyalΠριν 13 ημέρες

    11:02 ohhh my gooodnesss - soooo goooooood mimicking of that advt voice

  41. Yash Pal Goyal

    Yash Pal GoyalΠριν 13 ημέρες

    why did u not test the convergence idea of this phone?? i.e. tried connecting it to a dock and trying that. That is an important part of librem 5 for me.

  42. Rob

    RobΠριν 14 ημέρες

    I have been so excited for this phone for nearly 4 years now. It took them this long, and it's still not remotely done. I understand some of the compromises required on the hardware side to keep the entire package FOSS, but that doesn't excuse the absolutely abysmal software side of things. No touch screen file manager? I mean seriously, it's a touch screen phone. No camera app? No recording app? There's been a lot of thought put into the hardware here, but this software is awful. You couldn't daily drive this phone, ever. Well, I suppose you could but... I wouldn't. A cell phone's use in an emergency situation is completely destroyed by this clunky OS.

  43. Timrek Trax

    Timrek TraxΠριν 14 ημέρες

    The phone mic sounds better than their studio mic.

  44. Algorithmically Puzzled

    Algorithmically PuzzledΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Saw the thickness of that phone and had to quickly check what year this video came out. Chunky boy

  45. Farid

    FaridΠριν 14 ημέρες

    La Grasa (LG)

  46. Tesseract95

    Tesseract95Πριν 14 ημέρες

    I like fat phone

  47. noname

    nonameΠριν 14 ημέρες

    No, I’m using this phone for a while, but it’s too thick to hold like a brick. If you *really* want to try a Linux phone, go Pinephone.

  48. aires69uk

    aires69ukΠριν 14 ημέρες

    You've never owned a OnePlus phone then... no messing around.

  49. GoFirst Website Design

    GoFirst Website DesignΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Phone without GRlifes is a brick

  50. Icyhate

    IcyhateΠριν 15 ημέρες

    peep the pinephone

  51. Darthlegoman

    DarthlegomanΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Penguin phone reeeeeeeee

  52. Aleksandr Trohhatsov

    Aleksandr TrohhatsovΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Would personally prefer to flash Linux onto an older phone with better specs. Think Nexus phones or Sony phones are good candidates

  53. Joseph Carter

    Joseph CarterΠριν 15 ημέρες

    The real problem here is that this thing is an $800 Raspberry Pi _3_ with more RAM and privacy switches. It's chonky, but … I'd deal with chonky if it means I get headphones, replaceable batteries, and a device that doesn't feel like it's gonna break if I look at it funny. But you're running Gnome on hardware that begs to be running something like LXDE. Yes, the more RAM helps. They've gotta get the specs up or the price down. I mean at $5-600 every Linux tinkerer would be seriously thinking about this. If it had a SoC somewhere near the budget-end of 2020 but 4GB of RAM, $800 would be a no-brainer for the right audience. But as it stands, the Librem 5 feels like a not-quite-finished toy for nerds who can afford it. That's not me. Especially since I'd need an XL version anyway, and they haven't got one.

  54. Jamie Lambrecht

    Jamie LambrechtΠριν 15 ημέρες

    i'd bet u could add the video format support to that browser or another one, plus there was SMTube right there.

  55. BulbasaurUseVinewhip

    BulbasaurUseVinewhipΠριν 15 ημέρες

    its an anti-spying phone you don't get this phone to look at youtube or use google maps

  56. Chef

    ChefΠριν 15 ημέρες

    799$ for this laggy clunky smartphone? Thats a joke. The camera isnt even working

  57. Julien Taming

    Julien TamingΠριν 15 ημέρες

    The price difference for made in China vs made in USA is INSANE.

  58. SD48

    SD48Πριν 15 ημέρες

    Linux's tinkering through radio and micro waves? oh dear security... : )

  59. Jojo DiAc

    Jojo DiAcΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Hmmm I really don’t like the thought of a Linux device without a physical keyboard

  60. Martin Costa Picazo

    Martin Costa PicazoΠριν 15 ημέρες

    You can use Sailfish OS

  61. Zombies Byte

    Zombies ByteΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Didn't actually test it as a phone. You assumed that would work. Like the changeable batteries but that means it's potentially got waterproof issues which I think is part of the reason why phones don't have interchangeable batteries (that and thinning). The buttons on the side look like you'd easily knock them when putting in and out of pocket which defeats the privacy idea should you not be aware you just logged back onto the network. The UI also doesn't look like any attempt was made to make a mobile version of Linux for this device which just illustrates the Android efforts and the serious money behind that. Anthony, why not try Google's phone, that's the purist Android experience you can get?

  62. Benjamin Ehrlich

    Benjamin EhrlichΠριν 15 ημέρες

    Reminds me of one of my first laptops, Chromebook with Elementary OS (ubuntu based). Clunky, slow, open source... When I needed to get work done it just didn't deliver, but as far as coding and messing with it went, it was perfect.

  63. Wh00t?!

    Wh00t?!Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Can you make phone calls without issues ? Because the point of having a phone is to make phone calls. Otherwise it's a raspberry with a screen on it and kill switches.

  64. sinekonata

    sinekonataΠριν 17 ημέρες

    That Audacity demo made me all tingly inside. I think when my phone dies I'm getting the Librem5 or whatever will be the best Linux phone by then. Or I will just get the Pinephone for 200 dollars, I don't really need to have good hardware to tinker and code in it. Plus the Pinephone has working cameras, I don't think I could do without one on my phone.

  65. sinekonata

    sinekonataΠριν 17 ημέρες

    Oh and yes Linux is always the answer. It's just a matter of being courageous when it comes to technology and not being afraid to get to work.

  66. electrohacker

    electrohackerΠριν 17 ημέρες

    p p p pine phone

  67. Bluey

    BlueyΠριν 17 ημέρες

    I never understood the "this is what you get when you put a desktop on a phone", like the back-end of android or ios isn't capable of running anything Linux can do if that was the goal? Its just about getting the hardware cheaper, which will come with bigger production runs, and about having many more people developing to progress linux as a mobile system... something that will come in time.

  68. mohawksniper79

    mohawksniper79Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Apple the best usage of underage slave labor in china🤠👍 also anti fix company of the decade.

  69. Redemerald0wns

    Redemerald0wnsΠριν 18 ημέρες

    Can you try UBPorts Ubuntu on Pinephone or KDE Plasma on Pinephone? Apparently Pinephones decent

  70. Buddhadeb Sarkar

    Buddhadeb SarkarΠριν 18 ημέρες

    It's late, but yaa.. you got it..

  71. jeppsta1

    jeppsta1Πριν 18 ημέρες

    Perfect phone for spys

  72. Backyard Observatory

    Backyard ObservatoryΠριν 18 ημέρες

    LOL. I still have the Tegra2 Moto I used to build a full on Ubuntu ARM release for (UbunTop). Used it for years as a netbook.

  73. Genghis Khan Pepe

    Genghis Khan PepeΠριν 18 ημέρες

    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I just barely found out that this guy has his own channel!!! I'm so glad I can listen to his smooth, rich, honeylike, buttery voice continuously

  74. Jamie Owen

    Jamie OwenΠριν 9 ημέρες

    @Genghis Khan Pepe this isn't his own channel but he does feature more often on this one

  75. Genghis Khan Pepe

    Genghis Khan PepeΠριν 9 ημέρες

    @Jamie Owen this one

  76. Jamie Owen

    Jamie OwenΠριν 9 ημέρες

    Which channel!?

  77. Jojo Bob bubble

    Jojo Bob bubbleΠριν 18 ημέρες

    Is there a way to subscribe to Anthony's videos?

  78. The Best Games 974

    The Best Games 974Πριν 19 ημέρες

    This phone would be cool if you could plug in hdmi, keyboard, mouse ,basically use it as a phone and as a desktop. I thin ubuntu phone was aiming in that direction

  79. Rasmus Nielsen

    Rasmus NielsenΠριν 14 ημέρες

    Ubuntu Edge. If Canonical could have delivered on that concept, I would have been throwing money at it immediately.

  80. Vallarta Entertainment

    Vallarta EntertainmentΠριν 19 ημέρες

    Damn dude. One hour less of tech, one hour more of exercise.

  81. Marco Ak

    Marco AkΠριν 19 ημέρες

    A channel with only Anthony and Dennis, would shine more than a Super Nova.

  82. Thomas Pickens

    Thomas PickensΠριν 19 ημέρες

    Linux absolutely won't run everything. That's just an ignorant claim. The thing is a garbage one off just like everything based on the crap Linus Torvalds created.

  83. Thomas Pickens

    Thomas PickensΠριν 19 ημέρες

    You don't want to mess with your phone all the time but you like Linux?! IN A PHONE?! Yeah. That absolutely defeats the purpose.

  84. Sean Sweeney

    Sean SweeneyΠριν 20 ημέρες

    Anthony's reviews are consistently awesome, just sayin'.

  85. Chilean Guy Fleegman

    Chilean Guy FleegmanΠριν 20 ημέρες

    why didn't you use it in desktop mode?

  86. Miguel Aragon

    Miguel AragonΠριν 20 ημέρες

    I was curious about how phone calls on that thing works.

  87. Martijn Venhuizen

    Martijn VenhuizenΠριν 21 ημέρα

    you don't pronounce it gnome but G-nome.

  88. David Brantley

    David BrantleyΠριν 21 ημέρα

    didn't Ubuntu try to do this???

  89. D Ross

    D RossΠριν 21 ημέρα

    I want this

  90. Shubham Bhushan

    Shubham BhushanΠριν 21 ημέρα


  91. James Chaney

    James ChaneyΠριν 21 ημέρα

    Yeah, but can it run SuperTuxKart?

  92. UK Dashcam Guy

    UK Dashcam GuyΠριν 21 ημέρα

    android is linux based....

  93. Sean S

    Sean SΠριν 21 ημέρα

    Firstly, yes there is a lot of work to be done on the Librem 5. Even the hardware was still evolving until recently. Hardware acceleration has been on the to-do list for a while now, but the focus is on privacy first, then user experience. Certain public and private entities have made the former focus a real challenge over the last year. Next, for those who want to order one, you will have to be patient. It may take literally years to get your phone. I've been waiting for my first since 2018. The supply chain is generally not privacy friendly; patience and tenacity are required in this fight. Finally, I would love to see more content related to emerging open-source options to mainstream devices. I thought this review was honest, insightful, and entertaining.

  94. Karyl Kidd

    Karyl KiddΠριν 22 ημέρες

    I don't call it "ge- nome" because that's weird. Instasubbed

  95. Nugget

    NuggetΠριν 22 ημέρες

    But can it run DOOM?

  96. Wild Tangent

    Wild TangentΠριν 22 ημέρες

    I like this content, you can tell Anthony is genuinely excited about the potential it represents. And I second others that say Anthony deserves his own Linux/FOSS-focused segment.. I'd watch that religiously. Regarding this phone... I think other than smoothing out their manufacturing process, the hardware is there, if underpowered and a bit vintage by now... what's really lacking on this and every other Linux smartphone project is as always the software. There are efforts to develop a proper phone UI shell but as always... UI/UX seems to be an area that FOSS really struggles with 🙃

  97. John Baxter

    John BaxterΠριν 22 ημέρες

    I think that it's a bit young but it has potential

  98. o k

    o kΠριν 22 ημέρες

    Does it support the .net core in terminal? That's one of the major limitations of android terminal emulators.

  99. MrJoltz

    MrJoltzΠριν 23 ημέρες

    If a fully desktop app is working, theoretically we can install chromium?

  100. mazz's maker space

    mazz's maker spaceΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Why didn't you plug a USB-C dongle with HDMI, USB, card reader, etc. to plug in an external monitor, keyboard and mouse? I am disappoint. I hope to see this on the LTT channel. It wouldn't have taken long to do..

  101. Dirty Bubble

    Dirty BubbleΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Well, you can't put a price on privacy.

  102. Dirty Bubble

    Dirty BubbleΠριν 23 ημέρες

    you're beautiful you nerdy man

  103. Floriduh Man

    Floriduh ManΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Yes. Linux is always the answer.

  104. Aaron Thomas

    Aaron ThomasΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Purity should have contacted Canonical for help.... Ubuntu Touch worked beautifully for a "beta" on a Nexus 4.... Problem is, there isn't a big enough market for Linux based smartphones.

  105. Cancer Fairy

    Cancer FairyΠριν 23 ημέρες

    Windows Mobile but Linux.

  106. Phillip Dudley

    Phillip DudleyΠριν 23 ημέρες

    I do have to enable DRM and install non-free codecs to watch a lot of things on GRlifes, even some of these videos.

  107. FiecyLick

    FiecyLickΠριν 24 ημέρες

    My history teacher is named Todd Weaver and he's in jail for having a minor pregnant at my high school. I had 3 different teachers because of him XD.

  108. Filip Carlsson

    Filip CarlssonΠριν 24 ημέρες

    i would love a linux phone but only problem is android app support, i need to use my banking app, sailfish os seems to be the only option for now