Purism has been working towards making and shipping a mobile phone with a GNU/Linux operating system for a while now, and the organization has hit an important milestone. The phone, which is a work in progress, is called the Librem 5 and development kits for people working on the phone's software are shipping. "The Librem 5 dev kit's hardware is done and shipping! We are beyond excited for our backers to receive their dev kits before year-end. Our entire PureOS Librem 5 development team will getting the same dev kits, upgrading the generic i.MX 6 boards (which most of the demos you have seen have been based on) to the Purism i.MX 8M based dev kit. We aim from this point forward to have a community assisted development environment. There is still a lot of work required to make the dev kit truly functional for Librem 5 development, so we need your assistance. The frenetic pace of development continues and it's astonishing how much we've accomplished in the two months since we've put the hardware together." According to the project's update, the Librem 5 is scheduled to ship in approximately four months.
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