Librem 5 web browser flaw?

The default web browser on my Librem 5 displays pages in a funny way. Here is an example:

It’s not related to a specific website.
Has anyone else encountered this? Can it be fixed?

Yes, I noticed that, too. It happened once before when one of the updates messed up Web app. They fixed it with the following OS updates.

They’re probably already aware of it.



While you’re waiting, you can download Firefox ESR. It may be labeled Iceweasel in the store, but it’s actually Firefox ESR.

When you say “in the store”, do you mean the store you can access with the store app installed in the phone? Because I cannot find Firefox, only Chromium is available.

Yes, in the PureOS store app.

You can also install it from Terminal with this command:

sudo apt install firefox-esr

Actually, do this first:

sudo apt update

then (only if there are updates to install):

sudo apt upgrade

You might find this useful, if you haven’t already seen it:

Hello @fiacco and @amarok yes, we are aware of this. This was caused due to an error in the webkitGTK package update.

And we are working on fixing this and preparing a software update to correct this.

Besides what was already said about firefox-esr as an alternative browser.

If you are comfortable with terminal commands you can revert this “bad” update by running the command:

sudo apt install libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37/amber-phone libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18/amber-phone gir1.2-javascriptcoregtk-4.0/amber-phone gir1.2-webkit2-4.0/amber-phone

This will revert webkitgtk to the previous version, and then you can wait until we release that


Awesome…working normally now. Didn’t even require a restart.

(I performed that action using ssh from my laptop…so cool!)

Thanks, Joao.


No one expects the L5 to be a Windows-phone :wink:


:rofl: So true!

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Maybe a little out of topic, but would you mind to explain, step by step, how did you do that? Starting from enabling ssh. Thanks

Ciao @fiacco! Check out this comment [MyL5] Received my Librem 5 (Evergreen) and a few comments further down in the thread. The linked tutorial should help you accomplish it in a couple of minutes. If you need more help, post here. Buon Natale!

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On your Librem 5, open the terminal and enter the following command:

sudo apt install openssh-server

Then you need to find out your the IP address of your Librem on your local network, one way is to run the ifconfig command.

Then, once you know the IP address, do this on the laptop:

ssh purism@x.x.x.x

where instead of x.x.x.x you put the IP address. It should ask for your password, which is the same as the pin code, it was 123456 when you got the phone.

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After you get it all set up, your L5 settings will then show this toggle control:

Great! Thank you very much!
Unfortunately I have to solve a problem with my WiFi connection. It doesn’t last enough to let me in (another active post)

That’s frustrating.

scp Secure Copy is another useful command; move a file from one machine to another on your network.

You can always connect to your phone over USB serial console or ssh via Ethernet over USB:

Once you have convenient access, check the output of sudo dmesg after you get disconnected.

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For some reason this is not working for me, and the connecting via USB doesn’t work either.
I have the ssh service running, checked with service --status-all. I checked that the port is 22, with sudo netstat -tulnp | grep 22. (I also checked in the Settings -> Sharing -> Remove Login was On)

Then I’m finding the ip with ifconfig, and use it from my host computer (macbook 16)

jo@99-66248 ~ % ssh -vvv -l pureos
OpenSSH_8.1p1, LibreSSL 2.7.3
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh/ssh_config
debug1: /etc/ssh/ssh_config line 47: Applying options for *
debug2: resolve_canonicalize: hostname is address
debug2: ssh_connect_direct
debug1: Connecting to [] port 22.
debug1: connect to address port 22: Operation timed out
ssh: connect to host port 22: Operation timed out

Running sudo journalctl -f -k on Librem 5 doesn’t reveal anything when running the ssh command. But there is an old error displayed; “pureos kernel: edt_ft5x06 2-0038; Unable to fetch data, error: -6”. It seems to popup in the logs now and then.

Could be network issue. You have any firewall installed?
Try to ssh from from L5 to itself, first using looback address, if that works ssh from L5 again into itself using private IP …1.184
Some routers may introduce client network isolation “feature”. Can devices on your network talk to each other directly?