I mostly agree with nado_x.
Modern phone SOCs are more than capable of running desktop workloads.
There are enough desktop setups that are sold with them (running Android as a desktop environment).
I don’t want Fairphone to develop an OS at all, it’s not their forte I presume.
I do think that PureOs is capable of running on the phone but what’s necessary to have the phone working as intended (making calls, using data, gps, …) It will need drivers.
PureOs will not accept blobs (~binary drivers in this case) from the manufacturers but Fairphone makers could maybe create a phone for which hardware is used where free libre oss drivers exist or maybe get the manufacturers to release them as such.
This is the critical part of making it happen.
Btw. I am a power user / developer and nowadays all my office workloads as well as the programming could easily be done on a phone, while compiling etc. Is already running in the cloud for most of my heavy workloads.
I can do all of this with the hardware speeds of a librem 5 I presume, using it only as a thin client to a virtualized DE in the cloud, but that’s not what I want.
The specs of the FP4 would suffice me, the PureOs software is not exactly perfect but it’ll only get better.
What I’ld wish on top of that would be support for a thunderbolt docking station, but that’s gonna be a wild dream untill SOCs will propperly support this i presume.
What is not necessarily a wild dream is Fairphone and PureOs working together on the next generation, too truly deliver a liberating phone without compromise at neither end.
The pine phone can run PureOs, it’s not that librem isn’t open about this.
Make it 2 years from now and make it cost another 100 dollars or euros more compared to the standard Fairphone 5 that’ll release then.
I would buy it and finally live the dream.
My current problems are:
- no other Linux phone that I know of is specced as good as the FP4
- no other phone is so light on the consciousness as the FP4
- no other phone currently gives the freedom of a PureOs phone (librem or pine phone)
- truly being free of both the shackles that none Software even in drivers and all the untrustworthy supply chains create is hardly possible today
My current problems are not (but might be very sizeable problems for others):
- hardware specs of the FP4
- desktop apps not being able to run on a phone
- Android apps not running on Linux
- security issues with Google or Android
- battery life of such a theoretical phone
- price of such a theoretical phone
- waiting for another 2 years