At MozFest I got speaking with someone who is working with Purism on the Librem phone. It’s a free and open source phone all the way down the stack.
Their focus so far has been privacy, but they are following ethical design principles, and they were keen to hear ideas on how they can make it a long-lasting phone too.
Off the top of my head some repairability suggestions I had:
- screws not glue
- provide repair manuals (they have open schematics)
- provide spare parts (and maybe partner with someone like iFixit to offer repair kits and possibly ease some of the logistics of supplying parts)
From the software side…
- guarantee minimum 5(?) years of security updates (it’s built on top of Debian so hopefully that would’t be too much of an issue, and as I understood they have control of the code for all firmware)
- make it easy for community to build/install their own OSs
Any thoughts and other suggestions you would also pass on?