fair enough. just one more thing - yes LightRoom is prefered among other software in photographer/mac land but the example above was given from here > https://lessons.rileybrandt.com/ - where he illustrates how photography on the gnu/linux side (provided one is willing to use non-free-hardware such as cpu and gpu - he’s using fedora 2016) can be accesible and very much on par in the illustrated use cases with proprietary alternatives from windows and mac.
he uses in his tutorials gimp, darkroom, displayCAL(for monitor measurements/calibration/profiling) and rapid-photo-downloader.
to be honest i allways felt that the way software works on gnu/linux - besides the few hardware inconveniences - is more easily accessible in the makes-sense kinda’ way while tutorials and learning material for the proprietary software is convoluted and just doesn’t click like it does on the free side.
now as i said librem 5 is a new-young-developing platform who knows we may be able to see down the road versions of gimp, lightroom, displayCAL etc addapted for the convergeant market just like there is a mobile-touch-friendly-Photoshop on the windows/apple store.
everything that is possible on the proprietary side is possible on the free/open side. code is just code.
it can be at first non-state-of-the-art but that is what RND does. only it requires at least the amount of interest that proprietary had so far in order to reach that state-of-the-art we all want on the condition that software-freedom is assured and in time also hardware.
so it is up to the people to understand that in order to get somewhere you have to start somewhere like it was with the first gen Apple. only Apple was quite big even in 2007 when it first launched. people bought the phone because it was a novelty but they didn’t know what to expect from it so they just shelled the cash away and now 12 years later - iPhones X.
so is the librem 5 - it is a novelty as are the services that the librem one bundle includes. why ? because no one does software freedom - wrapped as you said - in “Just-Works”. but that doesn’t mean it’s NOT for nerds also. it still has the terminal/the-shells/vim/emacs and all the gnu/linux goodies sys admins, programmers, web-developers, hackers, security-analists, engineers etc use more-or-less on a daily basis.
if i may - photographers/desingers/architects - or the graphics dependent crowd are the bunch that sit in the middle but that doesn’t mean they don’t ocasionally dable into the advanced-nerdy stuff.
freedom/privacy/security is for everybody as such we can’t demand only tools for “normies” in the hopes that the numbers might go up because it might go sideways. it’s having powerfull tools that features modes is the answer.