Everyday Hardware for Free Software: Mobile Phones, Laptops, and more

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Free Software is owned by its community of users and creators, for the benefit of that community, and of human society in general.  Free Software respects the autonomy and privacy of its users — especially important in this age when so many companies base their business on control and surveillance of their customers.

But all software runs on hardware, and similar considerations apply.  In order to maintain controll over our software we also need hardware devices that respect the autonomy and privacy of their users.

This is a vast topic.  My goal for this talk is more modest: A tour of some hardware that's friendly to Free Software, in the hope that you might learn about something you can use.  My main focus will be on devices for everyday use: mobile phones, laptops, and single-board computers usable as desktop computers or as home servers, some of which I own and can therefore demonstrate live in the talk, and can speak of from my own experience.

Devices I plan to talk about: Pinephone, Pinebook Pro, SOPINE A64 (from Pine64); Librem5 phone and Librem laptops (from Purism); Odroid-XU4, Odroid-H2+, Odroid Home Cloud devices (from HardKernel); Raspberry Pi 4; and possibly the MNT Reform laptop and GNUBee PC-1.

Also, if you have some favorite privacy respecting or open hardware you would like to demonstrate or show off, you're welcome to join in at the meeting and do a brief lightning talk about it, especially if you have it at hand for show'n'tell.

We look forward to seeing you at the online meeting!

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