@unfa I still applaud the work that people put in to creating the Neo900 for instance. This is a replacement board for one of the phones I worked on. https://neo900.org/ ... and yes, we also had the OpenMoko, but that is a different story entirely.
@cromlech Neo900 solved an issue of an aging phone, but engineered by the community. if you wanna know more, just drop an email... I usually talk to them at FOSDEM, but haven't been able this year ... so, I haven't followed recent development either.