We have a new progress report on the #Librem5
@Purism software guys breathe a little easier with the 4 month extra time
@Purism wooo! Thanks!
Quick question: will there be a way to run some Android apps (installed via .apk or F-Droid, for instance) on the Librem5?
I am excited about a RYF phone, but I also need one or two Android apps. Thankfully, they are available outside Google Play store.
An Android compatibility layer akin to SailfishOS's Alien Dalvik would be great.
@migratory ah, interesting! No, I was not aware, thank you!
@Purism wants the Librem 5 to be an actual platform. There is no plan to make Android applications work on the Librem 5, but there is no intention to prevent it either.
But the goal really is to get native apps or in-browser apps. GNOME Web will allow you to pin a web-application as an actual application for what is not (yet) native.
@Purism will not be able to support Signal on their phone, mostly because m0xie is hostile to third-party clients.
A community-made client is very likely to emerge shortly after the phone launch. There is a lot of overlap between the Librem 5 user base and the Signal's one.
Signal-cli (https://github.com/AsamK/signal-cli) looks like a very promising foundation for such a client.
@rysiek Matrix will benefit a lot from Fractal's split.
There needs to be a similar split/fork of Riot for Matrix to gain popularity
@strypey @thibaultamartin @Purism @rysiek I think of the Librem 5 as an extension/mini version of my computer in my pocket. Therefore I'd only expect Android support to be present if there was a good story for it on desktop Linux. There isn't so I wouldn't expect much, at least initially.
I am sure someone would attempt to develop a compatibility layer for it ASAP, because it pretty much suggests itself. I wonder if Jolla could be asked to open theirs up, if they haven't already?
@Purism This is awesome! April can't come soon enough.
Hi @Purism, I'm delighted you're progressing on the #LibreM5 and have chosen to follow the lead of #Tinkerphones and the GTA0x design that separates the baseband modem from the main SoC. It's indeed the only way to ensure users have a little control on what their device is doing.
I've been wondering for a while why you would go your own way and not cooperate with #Neo900 and Tinkerphones engineers on this project, since they have experience with the gory details?
@Purism Impressed that you're working on the big, hard problems like preventing the baseband "os" from doing whatever it wants to the os running in the ram, and getting the specs updated to something more modern, despite the preorders already being paid for.
I'm much happier waiting 16 weeks for something revolutionary than have another tepid "me too" product earlier.
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