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2019 Year in Review: Librem 5 Software and Kernel

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libhandy had several releases and got support for stick-to-finger gestures (and widgets that make use of it) as can be seen on the shell’s lockscreen. That support was in large parts contributed by a community member (exalm).

The list of adaptive GNOME apps is steadily growing.

We’re running pretty close to a mainline kernel, which several folks doubted would be possible, for several revisions. There’s good support for the devkit upstream and initial patches for the phone already made it back into mainline too. There’s some fun stuff like camera left for 2020. Most of the DSI display stack is upstream now with one driver missing but hopefully not too far away.

We can run mainline mesa as well, another thing that’s not common in the embedded world, which will give us support for games from flatpaks in the near future

2019 Year in Review: Design

  • 2019 Year in Review: Design

    On the software side, most of the effort was also targeting the Librem 5 while focusing on designing a beautiful integrated experience where the hardware, software and the services become one.

    Our UI/UX design team now has two talented GNOME designers: Tobias, who was later joined by Sam. They actually represent half of the GNOME design team. Together they have been doing an amazing job in designing a coherent way of using GNOME on both the desktop and mobile platforms.

    I wanted to let Tobias, being the lead UI/UX designer, talk about 2019’s achievements:

    The thing I’m probably most proud of is how well we’ve managed to work with upstream. There are very few other examples of companies doing product successfully upstream in a way that benefits both them and the wider community.

    I’m also pretty excited about the design of our phone shell, because we’ve avoided just putting a simplistic app grid front and center and making multitasking a weird thing off to the side which nobody uses. Both Android and iOS made this mistake early on, and their OS structure is still more complicated than it needs to be because of it. Our shell has a long way to go of course, but we have the advantage of starting with the right structure from the get go.

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