WARNING: Thread Hijacking below…
I just had really sad endings to my attempts to put ANY Linux onto a couple of old Nexus devices; a Nexus 7 Gen II w/SIM slot and a Nexus 5 factory unlocked. I thought PureOS might be an option after failing at the KDE neon project for Plasma Mobile, but while searching for how-to instructions, I saw where PureOS stated explicitly in some part of their FAQ’s what @taylor-williamc said above,
what's the point trying to run a Free type system on a totally non-free hardware, just use the other options existing for it now.
So Ubuntu dropped their mobile project before I ever decided to try installing it. The KDE one had a snag for “deb” that I reported and hope will get resolved someday, but as of now, I see no clear path to turning my mobile devices into Linux mobile devices.
Does anybody know of a recently documented successful method for achieving that end?
Side note: That KDE Plasma is beautiful. It’s now on an old laptop that wouldn’t take the PureOS. I’ve been a Ubuntu die-hard for a decade or more now. I have no logical reason to be brand loyal apart from not wanting to experiment with other ones; just defacto vendor lock-in from staying with the last working attempt. I dabbled in Red Hat back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, then tried a new cool one for laptops for a couple of years but their project vanished. It’s been Ubuntu ever since (both workstations and servers).