What is LINMOB.net?
LINMOB.net is a blog on LINux on MOBile devices, that has been around for more than 10 years - on and off. Now, with new exciting products like the Pine64 PinePhone and Purisms Librem 5 scheduled to be shipped later this year, it has come back to report on all things GNU/Linux on mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and smaller notebooks.
This site is currently hosted on Uberspace.
- What is LINMOB.net?
- Why do I do this?
- How can I contribute?
I also maintain a list of Apps for GNU/Linux Smartphone distributions at LINMOBapps.frama.io.
Why do I do this?
After first trying Linux in the early 2000s, I switched to mostly using Linux around 2005. I was just amazed by all the great Free Software tools. During these years, mobile phones became more interesting: Cameras, colored displays and Smartphones.
Of course I wanted to have all the great tools of my Linux desktop on my phone, too!2 Unfortunately, Motorola’s EZX phones only shipped a very few native apps. That’s why I was very excited when I first heard of OpenMoko.
Unfortunately, OpenMoko eventually failed, unable to ship GTA03, which would have been a massive improvement, fixing most of the flaws of the previous devices. Also, Android took off. Back then, Google felt less problematic to me, and I was glad that it was Android that managed to succeed and not the less user-friendly alternatives like LiMo (which eventually became Tizen) or evil Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
Purism’s Librem 5 got me really excited when I heard the first rumors before announcement. I backed it in October 2017, and unfortunately Purism’s time frame turned out to have been overly optimistic. PINE64 managed to ship their PinePhone earlier, and when I received my first PinePhone I immediately knew that I had to create content about this project and revive this blog.
TL,DR: This is a passion project!
How can I contribute?
First: I am not in this for the money. I do not expect to make even one Dollar or Euro out of this project – I have a day-job, that has nothing to do with what I am working on here, which pays well enough that I can spend my free time and some money on this project.3
If you want to contribute money, please support the people that develop software for the PinePhone and other Platforms, e.g.
- UBports, who build Ubuntu Touch,
- Ondřej Jirman (Megi), who works on the PinePhone kernel,
- Mobian, a great Debian-based distribution,
- postmarketOS, the real Linux distribution for phonesi, that runs (well, boots) on more phones every day,
- Plasma Mobile, who build a great GUI for phones,
- Lune OS, who are keeping webOS alive, and
- individual app developers!
If I’ve missed a great project that has a donation link and should be added here in your opinion, please get in touch.
If you have an idea for an article or have actually written something, you are welcome to send it to me via email. I am going to get back to you as soon as I can.
See tasks.md for what you could help out with.
Please lend your time to the projects you like, try to communicate in a friendly way and be helpful. There are a million ways to contribute to opensource, by reporting, triaging bugs, by improving documentation or translations. Thanks!
If the audio volume is too low on my older videos on LBRY or YouTube, please check these videos out on PeerTube, where I carefully re-uploaded my videos after increasing the volume. ↩
Bad J2ME app support and horrible platforms like Qualcomm’s BREW on BenQ/Siemens phones contributed to this. ↩
If you would like to hire me for a job that is closer to what I am working here, that would still allow me to continue with this, feel free to get in touch. ↩