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    How close are we to a unix phone ? (not android)


    I would like a unix phone.

    That is, I would like a full (possibly GNU) suite of phone utilities that would give me the power of a unix OS.

    For instance:

    echo 2125551212 | /usr/bin/dialer

    Or perhaps call restricting with iptables rules. You get the idea.

    I don't want a phone with a linux based OS on it that is built to run a consumer GUI.

    Instead, I want a (small) general purpose computer that just happens to also have a baseband device and a SIM card in it. And although I would use the GUI a lot, I would have the option to control EVERYTHING from the command line, using unix style scripting and tools.

    I don't think this exists ... but are any groups/projects even working toward it ?

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    Well, kind of what canonical is developing right now:
    Ubuntu for Android | Ubuntu


    Here is a demo video:
    Ubuntu fr Android - Video.Golem.de
    Sorry for the german page, the video is in english.
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    Didnt read in detail, but it seems that the android and the unity gui run in parallel, just on different output devices: smartphone vs hdmi connected monitor.
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    For instance: echo 2125551212 | /usr/bin/dialer
    I don't know about you but I do not wish to type that on a small keyboard every time I wish to make a call

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    Probably not exactly what your looking for, still nice to look at though.
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    The openmoko is the closest thing to what you want. I've had one of these for a while, and it was a fantastic toy. There's many versions of firmware to play with, and you can build your own. I believe Debian and Gentoo run on it. And! It has the best handwriting recognition as primary input of all smartphones I've ever seen.

    Besides this, the sadly discontinued series of Palm Pr (later HP Pr) comes rather close in terms of multi tasking and terminal access. A second hand one might not be expensive?
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    There have been already several linux phones. Here is a link with some of them , with some other android phones too. All of them have a graphical interfase, but i bet some of them could have been rooted to get terminal access.

    Linux Mobile Phones - Linux For Devices Articles - Linux for Devices

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonathon6017 View Post
    I don't know about you but I do not wish to type that on a small keyboard every time I wish to make a call
    No, no - I'm not saying that's actually how I want to make a phone call every time ... I am saying that that kind of unix CLI toolset is the *kind of thing* I am looking for.

    So in practice I would use a GUI numberpad, of course, but I am looking for a full blown unix userland toolset ... "firewalling" based on area codes, or prefixes, commands for dialing and changing cells, etc.

    See what I mean ?

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    I think Conical is planning their release of the Ubuntu Phone around 2014.

    Here are some of their concepts.

    Ubuntu Mobile Phone Concepts

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