My Pinephone arrives today.
What are people's favorite Free Phone OS?
So far on my list to evaluate I have:
Does anyone have experience with these OSes or Free phones?
@emacsen Ubuntu Touch. I have run it for years on my old original Ubuntu Phone by bq.
@emacsen I'll be interested to know what your experience with it is. If I can get one then I might try building apps for it.
I've run Sailfish. It's slick, but there are some issues that prevented it from being my daily driver. Chief among them: the only browser is garbage.
@emacsen I heard /e/ was pretty neet.
@emacsen Only with Sailfish, quite good ones. Friends of mine use Ubuntu Touch. I think the app situation there is even more desparate.
I have been testing Ubuntu Touch; Manjaro Arm; and KDE Neon. So far I think KDE Neon and Manjaro have great potential as they can run many native Linux apps I use that Ubuntu Touch lacks but Ubuntu touch is so much more polished and runs better right now.
@emacsen Mine allegedly arrives Friday .. if Signal can be made to work on any of them, that would be a big bonus for me.
Things are coming together fast though!
Let's try to to find a way to prevent dev burnout though.
If you have some spare change, see if you can support one of these mobile OS's, or at least spare some time to tell them how much their work is appreciated.
Things are moving fast in ubports, but we are all going to have to practice some patience and hopefully find ways to contribute without slowing down the development team. I know they are working very hard right now.
At the moment Ubuntu Touch probably offers the most polished experience. KDE Neon has a lot to offer as well; based on latest Qt and KDE frameworks, having embraced flatpak, and with a growing Kirigami app ecosystem, it gets better every day.
Ofc I am biased since I contribute to Plasma Mobile.
@charims Thanks. I'm struggling a bit because the darn thing doesn't seem to work with my wifi!
I'm hoping maybe this can be fixed and then it'd be usable?
@emacsen Hmmm, WiFi works for me, though there is a bug about disconnects from WiFi that take a specific reboot cycle to resolve. Did you flash the latest build on it?
@emacsen Take a look at the ubports pinephone readme, they have a good list of what is/isn't working.
Specifically says it needs a warm reboot for WiFi.
Also, I do believe the battery must be installed (and the plastic tab on it removed) as the battery is required for WiFi.
@emacsen Why not LineageOS? I assume you've run across it
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