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Backing up via Deja Dup can be done easily by installing it from the software store. This program is commonly used to backup your computer from the desktop to create and restore backups. On the Librem 5, it makes backing up to an SD card simple, since the Librem 5 is a fully powered portable computer with a touch interface that fits in your pocket.

Deja dup running on the Librem 5

Apps published on Flathub can be added to the Librem 5 store with this command:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

After that, open Gnome Web and navigate to Flathub. Then install something like Gnome Podcasts. From now on, you can browse Flathub as an unofficial community repository. While there are a lot of apps on Flathub, they were not all made with the Librem 5 in mind. To help filter down which apps are built for the Librem 5, we will be creating our own Flatpak repository. Once that is ready to go, it will be enabled by default for all Librem 5 owners.

Phoc/wlroots now picks sane format modifiers. This allows GL applications to run without visual artifacts.

Before and after mesa bugfix

A community-driven application called Pure Maps can be installed on the Librem 5. This will offer turn by turn navigation to Librem 5 owners once we finish hooking up the GPS. For now, you can enter a starting location and destination to get step by step directions.

Pure Maps running on the Librem 5

Smartphone displays take a lot of power to run. To help optimize how the screen uses power, the automatic screen brightness can be enabled in the settings. We plan to enable this by default once it’s smoothed out and less distracting.

Power Improvements:

You can see, that the power draw goes down as the kernel version rises. From version 5.1 to 5.12, we see about a 10% improvement in heat, 30% in battery draw, and a 90% in load average.

The power draw goes up after 300 seconds. That is where the screen locks due to inactivity. We have an open bug to reduce the load during this event.

Load average over time

UI Changes:

A new and improved lock screen has been implemented. This one centers the unlock button and lowers the UI to be closer to your thumbs.

Quick power and notification muting have been added to the dropdown. The Rotation toggle has also been replaced by a button.

The keyboard is also improving quickly. Check out what improvements have been made along those lines.

If you change the user agent string and enable pinch to zoom, Firefox is much more useable. From now on, pages will load the mobile versions allowing you to interact with the pages as you’d expect on a smartphone. Adjusting the scaling can also help you get the most of your mobile experience.

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