Why wait till 2020 to get a Linux Phone? You can get one today!


Do you have to wait until 2020 to get a Linux Phone? Are you waiting on the Librem 5 or the Pinephone. I am. But in the meantime, I can show you a Linux phone here. This is a flashed Android (Oneplus One) from circa 2014 and I paid $60 for it. See the demonstration.

If your purpose for the Linux phone is to exceed the performance of an iPhone or new Android, then this video will not do it for you. Stick to the faster iPhone. My purpose here was to offer a privacy friendly alternative to the spy devices of Apple and Google. We understand that this will have repurcussions and limitations.

Are the specs of this phone very far behind a Librem 5? Are there compatibility issues with other versions of Linux Desktop environments? Are there firmware issues that will still haunt us? These will be answered in a future video.

I will also show a tutorial of how to install UBports Ubuntu Touch on the Oneplus One phone used in this demo in another video coming soon.

A Oneplus One uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC Quadcore, 2.5GHz, Krait 400. How does this compare to the specs of a Librem 5 running an i.MX8M Quadcore 1.5Ghz? The specs between the old phone and the new are awfully close, including the camera.

There are many more topics to be discussed here about Linux phones. But at least having a Linux phone in hand and seeing it in action is better than any theory. I want to see the practicality and problems first hand.

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18 thoughts on “Why wait till 2020 to get a Linux Phone? You can get one today!

  1. Great video. I was curious about Ubuntu Touch after Canonical abandoned it. I canโ€™t believe that you got that phone for $60, thatโ€™s a great deal. T- mobile supposedly has a <$6 SIM card on Amazon where you can get 500GB of data free every month. I am not sure if GB is the correct unit, but it is supposed to be more than most people use. Supposedly you donโ€™t need to enter your credit card, I have Hurd conflicting info about that. Some people get their $3 pay as you go plan which is still a good deal but I want to try to get it free

  2. I feel like this video is for me. LoL Thank you brother. I love this video. I had no idea I could do this without having to use a vnc just to have an official linux os running on the phone.

  3. Will the instructions in the follow up video be possible on any phone if I'm determined enough? Or will I be out of luck if say, my phone is some cheap $100 (even brand new) carrier-locked phone from a Best Buy I got for Christmas?

  4. congrats, Rob! today has been a good day for privacy and security enthusiasts as there were hopeful reports on the news about "splinternet" and raspberryPi as practical alternatives to the status quo๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  5. Great information!! Now Iโ€™ll know to leave my iPhone home and off and use this instead.

    Iโ€™ll watch Netflix or visit YouTube on my iPhone and also use it for disinformation, while at home or away…

    Looking forward to see how to install and if an old dog like me can do it.

    Hey I fixed a laptop today and a ac power plug. So Iโ€™m feeling up to the challenge. Lol

  6. I put Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 4 to try it out. Not a fan at all. I would describe it as painful to use. It is a shame that nothing became of it and it was relegated to enthusiasts maintaining it.

  7. I want to test UBports "Ubuntu Touch", but it doesn't have a version for my phone, so I need to build it myself and I find it very hard to understand, even though the process is "explained"… I don't even know what hallium is. I don't want to buy a new phone just to test UBports.

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