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January saw development take off again after the end-of-year break, and following on from the Chestnut shipment of the Librem 5.

Some of the activities below were already mentioned in their own articles in Purism’s news archive; others will be covered in more depth in future articles. This is just a taste of all the work that goes into making the Librem 5 software stack. You can follow development more closely at source.puri.sm.

Power management

A lot of power management work continues to happen in the kernel, but we’ll mention a few of those items here:


Squeekboard saw a few new releases, adding higly requested features:

  • 1.6.0 with emoji
  • 1.7.0 with an automatic terminal layout
  • 1.8.0 with an on-demand terminal layout
  • 1.8.1 containing minor fixes

We are now using xkb layout names from GNOME.


Shell and Compositor

The following ease-of-use improvements to Phosh/Phoc help to make the user experience more fluid:

Behind the scenes, work continued to help with the robustness of the compositor:

Audio and Calls

The latest versions of libqmi and ModemManager were packaged and made available on the Librem 5:

Other changes include:


Design input to GNOME Software resulted in upstream changes:

Contributions were made to GNOME Web/Epiphany improvements:

Contributions to Geary bring the messaging composer closer to the adaptive mock-ups. This time adding an adaptive toolbar.


Chats got a few new classes during refactoring:

Other improvements to Chats and related components include:

Updates to other applications and libraries include the following:


With phones being used and tested by users, the known issues list got longer:

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