[MyL5] Australia/New Zealand

In Settings / Details / Users I couldn’t work out how to add a new user. Hints?

I settled for adding the new user from the shell, which worked well enough to create an account to use when logging in remotely.

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SMS in both directions (send and receive) worked OK - once I persuaded the other phone that the SIM was no longer in an iPhone (apparently a longstanding and well-known problem).

Lollypop working satisfactorily as a music player for music on local storage. Sound quality pretty decent in a pair of headphones (not the buds that come with the Librem 5 - haven’t tried them yet). Will try audio out over Bluetooth paired to my main computer some time in the next few days, just for curiosity.


Some of us have been adding tips to this wiki for the last couple of months. You may find it helpful.



I didn’t see anything to answer my question about adding a user though.

One question that the Wiki did answer for me was how to get an Esc character. Yesterday in vi I had to use Ctrl/[ LOL to do enough basic editing in order to get SSH going so that I could do the remainder of the terminal work remotely.

It is pretty cool that I can SSH in to my phone!


I love the ssh and I love the scp. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Just remembered that Kyle mentioned this in another thread:

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Because the default username is publicly known and the password for that username is by default weak and you may not want it strong, everyone who enables SSH should really have a dedicated account for SSH - so I hope they fix that.

Now that I have thought about it, I think the problem with the Users application is that maybe the button to add a new user doesn’t fit on the screen. Other aspects of the Users application look a bit suss too.

Sorry for the basic question but how do I change the screen to landscape? Settings / Devices / Displays would be the obvious place but …

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It’s in the notifications panel. Hit the battery icon at the top of the screen, then the portrait/landscape icon.

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Seems like that should be in the Wiki. I would put it there but maybe new users don’t have permission to edit?

You can request edit privileges; I did so right after receiving my Evergreen and it was granted within an hour or two. In the meantime, I’ll add that to the wiki now.

If I’m not mistaken, I think an optional auto-rotate may be on the radar screen for a future update. You can follow issues and merge requests here:

I’m amazed at everything they’re doing.

You may disable password auth in ssh and rely solely on key or cert based auth.


and alter the default PIN to a more complex numeric PIN


Once I’m hands-on with the hardware (probably several months yet), I intend to set up firejail to put everything under individual user accounts with minimal permissions.

For non-gui users, you can sudo useradd --help and follow the instructions.


yes, it is


Any clues as to what the different colours of the light on the front mean?

Solid red? Flashing red? Green? Flashing blue? Pink?

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From this page: https://docs.puri.sm/Librem_5/Troubleshooting/LEDs.html

Color Description
Red The phone is charging.
Red (flashing) There is a problem with charging.
See below for advice.
Green The U-Boot bootloader has started running.
Green (flashing) A boot-loop in the bootloader.
See below for advice.
Yellow (red/green) The bootloader has started the kernel but there is insufficient power to continue.
See below for advice.

The above is from the troubleshooting page but you also have

Color Description
Blue Notifications (when the screen is locked): received SMS, XMPP, Matrix message, or a missed call, system notification like updates.
Red/Blue (Purple/Pink?) The phone is charging and you received a notification

Calls in both directions worked fine. That was testing to/from a mainstream mobile phone. No problem with audio quality, clarity, noise, volume. All normal.

Ring tone volume might be a bit low if I didn’t have the phone on my person at the time of someone calling me. The important point here is that I don’t want to increase the system’s sound output volume because when the phone is stuffed up against my ear, I can hear it just fine. It is only if the phone may be sitting somewhere else in the house and it rings, I would say that I won’t be able to hear the ring.

Fun future option: hook into the ring logic on the phone and have the ring mirrored on one or more other devices via audio and/or some other mechanism.

In the meantime, being able to customise the ringtone should address that.


Is that account (that I set up to edit the wiki) OK for reporting issues? If so, where are issues?

I would like to review the known issues and if issues that I have encountered are not already reported, I would at least like to report them.

I think this would be it:

Float your cursor over the icons on the far left of the screen to further investigate; that’s also where you can link to Merge Requests.

The first wiki I linked to you the other day is the community wiki, just for answering/anticipating questions for the benefit of new users.

There are also some interesting links to the far right of the community wiki, such as Cellular Providers info.

the color LED for charging should use LED colors ranging from RED to YELLOW to GREEN and everything in between (if possible) combined with the pulsing LED (from deep RED low frequency pulse for low charge battery to medium frequency pulse YELLOW for ~66% charged battery to high frequency pulse GREEN untill 99% charged battery.)

at 100% charged battery the color of the LED should be solid GREEN (non-pulsing but ON until charger is disconnected). when charger is disconnected LED is OFF or any other color in the BLUE, MAGENTA, WHITE range if there are other messages/alerts that the users hasn’t attended yet …

careful experimentation with pulsing and LED light intensity could also be observed for the visual convenience of the user.

example 1 :
there is a problem with charging ! < write this in morse code signals and translate into ON-OFF RED signaling to user … etc.

example 2 :
problem with U-Boot bootloader ! < same as above. translate into morse and use different color LED. could be MAGENTA/LILA/INDIGO/PURPLE etc. combined with lower intensity LED depending on SEVERITY !

HIGHEST SEVERITY would be a message like “you are a slave !” written all in FULL intensity RED LED and pulsing with a looped and playing at 2x speed morse code “YOU ARE A SLAVE!”

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