Do you have to wait until 2020 to get a GNU/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 GNU/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 (subscribe so you don’t miss it!).

WARNING: Do not install UBPorts until I publish the video because you will waste so much time. The instructions are unclear, and there’s a bug on the Installer which I can fix. Installation is possible only using a Linux (preferred), Windows 10, or Mac computer with a USB cable.

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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45 Comments

enigma

May 23, 2020

👍Good. Now show us a DIY how to make killswitches for this machine☺

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Jarlo Jarlito

May 23, 2020

Big question for you guys:
If the Philippines were to order 30 million e-learning laptops for students, what can we get for say $75? Pls consider economies of scale for 30 millions units.

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Richard Patten

May 23, 2020

How about a Sprint Tetra 8, G3, MS Phone with Keypad. I can turn off GPS, pull the battery and no Android. Cost $20USD.

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Frank Dusenbury

May 23, 2020

Just wondering will this work with mtk based phones?

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lord mind

May 23, 2020

start some game what are you doing -_

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Ahmad k hurmizyar

May 23, 2020

could you please lower the music or mute it when you speak it is distracting

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DaRealestNiggly

May 23, 2020

Six zucking feet

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Alejandro Castro

May 23, 2020

Where I can buy a One Plus One for 60dlls? I can't find it. Please help

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ORO 0147

May 23, 2020

Wow. This looks like it came straight out of 2009… Kind of surprised how poor it looks with all the technological advancements out there and how much other small devs can make products look a hundred times better.

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b day

May 23, 2020

I believe having a different screen aspect ratio (maybe something like the one on bb passport) is essential for any Linux phone.
That's why I was very disappointed about the librem5.
Let's face it, people don't crave Linux phone to scroll their Facebook timeline, but rather to do some real work using real filesystem and real applications.

I don't know maybe I will always be the iMate pocket PC guy who resents the steve-jobs-way of mobile computing.
Yeah and one more thing:
Linux phone must have physical QWERTY keyboard. How do you guys expect to use command line !!!!

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Windows 10

May 23, 2020

But Android is Linux

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musasir

May 23, 2020

Hi
Are there any real games for gnu linux phone like pubg ?
Is it smooth as apple phones ?
Please don't tell me it's a professional phone for only linux users . If it is it will never be a successful OS among other OSes

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MikuMiku4yu

May 23, 2020

Please tell me whats works and what doesn't on One plus one running Ubuntu touch so I can install it?

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MJ Snosk8er

May 23, 2020

I was sooo excited for this….. 5 years ago. Now I'm like, meh. 🙂

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Imanoff

May 23, 2020

No WhatsApp, Telegram, or other messaging apps?

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Music Parser

May 23, 2020

I wanted an Ubuntu (or at least a linux phone since 2014), but still have an android phone, disapointing…

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Matheus Dal

May 23, 2020

I have no words to describe the service you're doing. I've been thinking of how to get private on mobile for years and I just found you. However, I still like to take good pictures and I was wondering if there is any linux phone with a good camera.

Hopefully they'll also have the kill switches too.

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Souvik Sen

May 23, 2020

I have already installed sailfish os on my moto e2. It's also Linux/GNU based. Runs real smooth and it also supports android apps

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techZoNe

May 23, 2020

Does it support android application??

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LGD 4033

May 23, 2020

Only problem is its Ubuntu based. Been on SFOS for almost a few years now. I would like to see something a bit more philosophically in line with freedom in the future than these.

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Daniel Hamer Hamer

May 23, 2020

It looks and runs like a 50$ phone

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lloyd smith

May 23, 2020

Not intrested in ununtu at all

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BLKSTN

May 23, 2020

Unfortunately linux for phones is light years late compared to android and ios

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Evil Fluff

May 23, 2020

I love my iPhone but they removed the headphone jack. But I do think google and Apple is over stepping. I own a Apple phone but they say I have no right to mod the software on it same with my computer. Now I game on windows 10 with my MacBook. But I do hope other software option open up for computers and smart devices.

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iam Monte

May 23, 2020

Where did yoi buy it….i mean the phone

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shody ryon

May 23, 2020

it looks like the Nexus 7 still sells new on Amazon under $165. any plans on installing it on that? the tablet has a rather large bezel. i'd rather install it on my iPad mini 2. i wonder if someone is coding for iPad, what is the term? porting it, or is that BSD terminology? i want to have a tablet and phone with Ubuntu Touch and a laptop and desktop and car with Ubuntu. thanks for making this video!

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Heidi Blinks

May 23, 2020

Hey Rob! You keep out doing yourself😍

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bitchute youtube

May 23, 2020

Which phones are compatible ?

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George-Teodor Popescul

May 23, 2020

android is already based on linux so we are already using linux phones since 2008

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shody ryon

May 23, 2020

Check out the latest Linux Unplugged podcast (episode 325 DNF or Die) at minute 10 about the Librem 5 phone that seems to behind schedule and the required proprietary firmware drivers at minute 17

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ツルシファー

May 23, 2020

Dam boyos this man's a got dam chad bois he gets mad pussy good 👍 video bro I'm gonna buy one now

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Jessica Sweetheart

May 23, 2020

It would be nice. If you could install it on a one plus 7 pro

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janedagger

May 23, 2020

I do have one Question Rob… How is the phone/call experience? That's the truly only important thing for me. If that works, I'll switch totally… the rest is just candy far as I'm concerned. I use my desktop for everything else. And I don't game on my phone, but I do use the camera occasionally and a lot of browsing. Not much music since if I don't have my desktop near by … well, I'm working.

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janedagger

May 23, 2020

I"m sold.. I"ll be getting a Nexus 5 and putting it on that puppy. Thank you !

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Clarc King

May 23, 2020

Is Ubuntu a British corporation, hq'd in the UK or was it sold or reorganized? And does this affect your estimation of security, reliability, other issues etc.

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Christopher Sebastian

May 23, 2020

I thought the Ubuntu Touch project was dead. I'm happy to see that it still exists!

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Teemu Jalonen

May 23, 2020

I will stick to my Jolla phone https://youtu.be/6CujSvOu0z0

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Vignesh ramaiah

May 23, 2020

alteady we are using linux phone only – Android 🙃

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_J

May 23, 2020

Can you install regular Linux apps on it to use like a raspberry pi?

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avocadoras

May 23, 2020

what is the difference between postmarketOS and ubuntu touch?

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Clarc King

May 23, 2020

Can you flash the Samsung cheapo Android and can the battery be changed out?

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1Schueni

May 23, 2020

I like your music selection 🙂 really sweet

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GlenAbbey Farms

May 23, 2020

If this is available to install on a Galaxy A5(2017) I'm definitely gonna use it…

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Noname

May 23, 2020

Interesting video to say the least. Not to sound rude or anything, but I’m wondering why YouTube recommended this video to me lol. I am a happy iPhone and MacBook Pro user – not interested nor have watched videos relating to this sort of video, or any hacking or Linux related videos aha. You had one job YouTube. Enjoyed the video nonetheless, it’s intriguing to see other people’s interests in technology here and there!

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Nino Pompino

May 23, 2020

Somebody needs to do an Arch version for mobile for those die-hard fans

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