BrianFagioli writes: Thankfully, customers are beginning to get up and transform extra conscious about safety and privateness, and a few firms, corresponding to Purism, are designing merchandise to safeguard customers. The corporate’s laptops, for example, run an open supply Linux-based working device, referred to as “PureOS” with a focal point on privateness. These machines also have “kill switches” so you’ll bodily disconnect a webcam or Wi-Fi card. Today, Purism pronounces that it’s taking those self same design philosophies and using them to build a new $599 smartphone called Librem 5. The deliberate telephone will use the GNOME desktop atmosphere and PureOS by means of default, however customers can set up other distros too. Sound excellent? Well you’ll assist the corporate construct it thru crowdfunding. “Purism, the social purpose corporation which designs and produces popular privacy conscious hardware and software, has revealed its plans to build the world’s first encrypted, open platform smartphone that will empower users to protect their digital identity in an increasingly unsafe mobile world. After 18 months of R&D to test hardware specifications and engage with one of the largest phone fabricators, Purism is opening a self-hosted crowdfunding campaign to gauge demand for the initial fabrication order and add the features most important to users,” says Purism.