Some questions before preorder


#1

hi there, (sorry for my bad english)
looks like my good old blackberry (the last pre-android-bb) is going to die.
the librem5 could be my next phone. and i dont want a apple or google.
a new phone with a new linux would be great!

to the librem5:
what languages are supported? pre-installed on the phone/os by default? german too?

how will i recieve phone/os-updates? your update-plan? how large will be the updates?
single very large file, rarely (>500mb), OR many small files often? the 2nd i would prefer.

when i (pre)order the phone from …usa right, shipped to eu, how much custom duties and taxes must i pay extra? (import things from usa to eu, over 150€ worth, are not duty-free!)
or when are this phones in the eu available directly?

what file format are the “apps”? gz, tgz, sh,…?

do i need the “terminal” to install/run things?

is there a “sync” software, to backup the phone to pc? linux pc or win pc?
how works a backup?
or act the phone like an usb-stick when connected to a pc? (like bb)
simply copy all over and write back if needed incl. contacts, numbers, mails, etc?

thanks, regards, greetings,
sislek


#2

Hello
not even my english is great.
regarding your questions, as a user and a buyer, I answer you.
there is support for languages, including German.
reasonably updates will be released for a single program / library as in debian.
shipping costs did not affect the cost for those who pre-ordered: now I do not know.
for the rest I can not answer but you can search in the forum.
regards


#3

Some of these things are still being finalized. Other things should be supported as part of the OS on the phone. For example:

  • The underlying OS and environment supports many languages but translations will be needed for the phone shell and applications. We welcome help in providing good translations for these things.
  • I don’t know about the update mechanism. I would assume that regular PureOS-style updates would be the main way those are done.
  • Sync software is being discussed in this issue.
  • General data transfer via USB is in this issue.
  • The terminal shouldn’t be needed for app installation.
  • The idea is that some apps will be provided as Debian packages.
  • Other apps will be deployed using Flatpak. Quite how that is to be done is not quite decided yet.

I can’t answer about taxes, duties and those kinds of things, unfortunately. Hopefully someone can give you a good answer about those.


#4

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