List of Apps that fit and function well [Post them here.]

Here’s a non-GUI application that functions well: ProtonMail Bridge.

I got ProtonMail Bridge running on the Pinephone and was able to sync with Geary and Evolution. If someone who already has their phone could confirm it works for the L5, that would be appreciated. Bridge seems to be fully functional. It’s not officially supported for arm64 and you won’t find it packaged in any repositories, but cloning the source and building with GOARCH=arm64 make build-nogui works without any problems once you have the build toolchain. The resulting binary can be run with protonmail-bridge & to run as a background process or protonmail-bridge -c for CLI configuration.

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Works fine for me with Thunderbird on PinePhone too

The clock alarm works fine:

I looked through this thread and didn’t see it but Feeds (RSS app) looks like it will work pretty well on the L5.

I presented the flatpak version up this thread a ways.


GNOME Maps (flatpak):

Nice feature (also adjusts to chosen orientation):

Doesn’t fit so well here, but…

Scale down to 1.5 to get complete view:

Pinch-to-zoom works, if not very smoothly. Predictive place name functions quickly. Pleasantly surprised this app works so well.


Nice ! Can it show your actual position using the GPS ?

Not yet, but things are looking up:

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I think the best part of this topic is learning about new programs that I can install today on my linux system that I never knew existed. Perhaps I spend too much time in the cli…


If you’re desperate to run bleachbit as root, here’s what I suspect is a rather reckless way to do it on a librem5. Info was gleaned from .

  1. env | grep '^DISPLAY=' >/dev/null || export DISPLAY=:0 # it’s not set for ssh sessions
  2. sudo apt install x11-xserver-utils # to get xhost
  3. xhost si:localuser:root # grant temporary priv to root
  4. sudo bleachbit
  5. xhost -si:localuser:root # revoke temporary priv from root

If what is above works, then you could change the Exec=pkexec bleachbit line in /usr/share/applications/bleachbit-root.desktop to this:
Exec=sh -c 'xhost si:localuser:root && sudo bleachbit && xhost -si:localuser:root'

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Does not quack on Manjaro Desktop either.


How does it rate against PureMaps?

PureMaps is definitely more full-featured: it has options that GNOME Maps doesn’t, such as searching for nearby venues; more types of map overlay; auto-centering; etc.

At the moment, the plain road map display is still broken in PureMaps, so I have to choose a hybrid overlay (road labels plus satellite view).

It’s good to have both apps, though. I even installed OpenStreetMap as a web app, as well.


Metadata Cleaner (flatpak):

Selecting a pic from directory to remove its metadata:

Incomplete view, but still usable:


What about bitwarden and jellyfin?

Both are usable but not optimised and not currently a particularly good experience. My experience is based on Mobian on Pinephone but it should be pretty much the same on the L5.

Bitwarden desktop electron can be installed from flathub and runs. It’s pretty slow and clunky though and electron apps in general display slightly blurred (if they run at all). So it’s possible to open it and copy a password from it but if you’re expecting the Android/iOS autofill experience you’ll be disappointed.

Jellyfin works via MPV shim ( or web browser. In both cases performance isn’t really good enough to make this suitable for daily use either, both in terms of scrolling around the interface and in terms of video playback but this may be better on the L5 than the PP given it’s better GPU.


Also worth upvoting this issue

Seahorse (aka “Passwords and Keys”) can be made to work by changing orientation and/or reducing the scale a bit.

(Dark theme)

Note the marked solution in this thread, which describes how to use the terminal keyboard version to execute a right-click, which may be needed at times:


Thanks for that. I think I’m using the Gnome keyring with Geary but hadn’t got around to finding out whether I could use Seahorse to browse keys etc.

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Okular document viewer (flatpak)…without scaling down:

Menus fit:

Settings menu:

“Reading” a .png…of itself:

I did experience a freeze when trying to open the .png from Okular’s File menu. I was able to open the .png from Nemo, though.

Edit: The freeze happened when, from Okular’s File menu, I was attempting to open Pictures directory to get a .png. I mistakenly tried “Open” to enter the Pictures directory. I think Okular was instead trying to open that directory as the viewed file. The correct way would have been for me to first double-tap Pictures, then Open the .png.
Also, once a file is opened for viewing in Okular, the File menu stays grayed out, so you can’t close the document or the app. It’s corrected by minimizing the app, then maximizing. Still usable, though.

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