Purism is a freedom-respecting computer manufacturer based in San Francisco, founded in 2014 with the fundamental goal of combining the philosophies of the Free Software movement with the hardware manufacturing process. Purism is working on an ambitious project: making a free and open smart phone which will run GNU/Linux distributions. The phone, which is being called the Librem 5 is designed to run on existing cellular networks, run GNU/Linux distributions (including Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu and Arch Linux), and plans to offer a completely open application ecosystem. Purism is currently trying to raise funding to kickstart the phone's development and manufacture. If successful, the team hopes to ship the Librem 5 in the first quarter of 2019.
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