Librem 5 Production Challenges

Open Hardware – Librem 5

© Lead Image © Nelli Valova,

© Lead Image © Nelli Valova,

Article from Issue 219/2019

Despite a few ups and downs in development, Purism moves ahead in its quest to produce a free and secure phone.

In August 2017, Purism made headlines with its plans to produce a secure, free-licensed phone called the Librem 5 (Figure 1) [1]. Further headlines followed with announcements of partnerships with other projects like KDE and Gnome. But how is development faring now? Recently, I talked with Todd Weaver, Purism's CEO, about the challenges of developing an open hardware phone (Figure 2).

Figure 1: : A mockup of the Librem 5 phone, scheduled for release in April 2019.
Figure 2: Todd Weaver, Purism CEO.


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