For July 2019, Thomas Kluyver will be giving us a rundown of the state of open source smartphones!
When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007, phones completed a journey from appliances to pocket computers. Over three quarters of adults in the UK own a smartphone. But it’s difficult to run free, open source applications and operating systems on your phone, or to get a phone with open hardware and firmware. How open are the big smartphone platforms? What are the various projects aiming to make our phones more open? And what are Purism doing with the $2 million they raised by crowdfunding for the Librem 5?
If you have never been to one of these meetings, just know that it's friendly and informal - grab a pint or a soda, or even order food; come ask questions; get help with open source software and Linux, and enjoy some geeky company!
There is often a Linux laptop on hand for a quick show and tell for anyone who is curious, and you can also bring your own laptop to troubleshoot Linux, or try Linux on your own laptop - without installing it.