Librem 5: preinstalled app, mobile services, store and virtual assistant

I’m looking for a new alternative to my old phone with lineage OS. I just wonder to know what are the following features for librem 5:

  1. Does it come with preinstalled apps? Can user remove them?
  2. Does librem have a store like traditional f-droid or play store? Or is it similar to a standard GNU/linux distro?
  3. Does it provide preinstalled mobile services, API o library? Similar to Google Mobile Service (GSM)?
  4. Does it provide a preinstalled virtual assistant?

Thank you

  1. Stock apps only to cover basic functionality (Calls, Mails, Messages, Notes, Terminal, Calendar)
  2. IIRC OS Repo, GNOME Apps, Flathub - so yes, standard linux distro
  3. Standard apps will offer you to join services by default but the choice is yours
  4. no
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Sure it’s a standard Linux distro, but he also asked if there was a store which there is (GNOME Software, already works well)

Yes, that what I meant by GNOME Apps, but that is also available from standard linux distro, there’s no phone specific app store for L5 yet. I’d prefer it not to exist in ideal world. The problem is to know what is mobile-ready (screen/power optimised) and what’s not.

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Preinstalled apps will be there, and every component will be removeable. Some of them are better left alone though, like the on-screen keyboard, software manager, or the kernel :slight_smile:

There’s a plan to create a store which will serve primarily PureOS, but I’m not aware of any plans to restrict it only to PureOS, I would actually be very surprised if it was. So in a way it’s like any other distro.

Determining what is mobile-reasy is a topic we’re constantly discussing in relation to the store, so you can be sure there will be some way to tell.

I’m not sure what Google Mobile Services is about, but if you can find what you need on a standard Linux distro, then you can also put it on the phone.

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Thank you of your fast reply.

  1. Ok. Can I remove them?
  2. Ok. So no Pure OS store. Good.
  3. So the equivalent of GSM are offered by librem service. Can I uninstall them? Or just leave closed?
  4. Good.
  1. yes, you can remove stock apps (eg Geary) and install your preferred app (eg Evolution or even mutt). But it will be your responsibility to ensure those replaced apps are mobile-ready.

  2. is just a service bundle providing services like chat (matrix/xmpp), mail, social (mastodon) and vpn. Each stock app will be ready to join them with little effort (just enter your credentials) but of course you can ignore default offering and use your own services (that’s what I’m planning to do anyway). So same as 1. - you can uninstall/replace the apps but make sure replacements run ok on mobile.

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P.S. some apps (like Calls or Chats) provide essential phone services (calling, messaging) but still can be replaced if you know what you are doing. No one can stop you installing sailfishos or ubports phone stack and hook it up to wwan modem.