The Year 2018 in Open Hardware » Linux Magazine

2018 also saw the development of free phones, an area in which open hardware has been even rarer than in computers. Currently, Technoethical offers its N2, a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 that runs Replicant, a free version of Android, but it remains a work in progress, and at the price of EUR498 is unlikely to seriously alter the market. More promising is eelo, a startup created by Gaël Duval, the founder of the Mandrake distribution. While eelo spent most of the year under the radar, it is developing a free smartphone likely to be released some time in 2019.