“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

@aral i develop OpenBSD in my "spare" time. I very do not want to sysadmin my phone.

@phessler @aral with a jolla phone you get both: A phone that you do not have to sysadmin and a linux box as your mobile. It works. You actually can have your cake and eat it too 😎


@rigo @phessler I thought Jolla was closed source. Has something changed?

@aral @phessler it has parts of closed source that you do not have to use (e.g. android support) I also haven't looked into the base chip e.g. But the rest is just linux. If you want to be pure, ok, that may be already too much. But what is your alternative? Android? iOS? What else?

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