Android and iOS devices are notorious for uploading your personal data to their cloud services without your permission. If you are concerned about your mobile data privacy, you have another option to consider for your next smartphone: the /e/ operating system, a free and open source, Android-based operating system. The eFoundation community is led by Gaël Duval, a legacy Linux developer and entrepreneur who founded Mandrake Linux in 1998.

I tend to see a lot of criticism get thrown at /e/ with this link being the most common form.

I tend to agree that /e/ isn’t the best way to go, and in fact base LineageOS or LineageOS + MicroG (whether that would mean flashing MicroG yourself or installing Lineage4MicroG) seems like the better option. That’s essentially what /e/ is pretty much.

I do understand that some of the point of /e/ is the simplicity of it so that even people not so well-versed in tech can enjoy privacy, though.

Sam
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I remember first discovering /e/, something rubbed me the wrong way about how they appeared out of nowhere with very little talk around them. This makes a lot of sense.

@ajz
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I do understand that some of the point of /e/ is the simplicity of it so that even people not so well-versed in tech can enjoy privacy, though.

Agreed. That is also why I posted this. And I am not a fan of /e/ but I like the fact that they sell refurbished phones with a custom ROM on it (After buying it, it is surely easier to install another custom ROM on it I can imagine). By the way, I noticed that OmniROM has builds with MicroG pre-installed for some devices since beginning this year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OmniROM#Development

By the way, I noticed that OmniROM has builds with MicroG pre-installed for some devices since beginning this year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OmniROM#Development

OmniROM indeed has support for MicroG. It uses a fork of MicroG that had fixes for UnifiedNLP under Android 10. The main dev of MicroG came back from a hiatus recently and has fixed those issues on the original MicroG branch. I have no idea if OmniROM will continue to use the fork or if it will migrate to the original MicroG branch, though.

Speaking of MicroG development, /e/ announced supporting financially Martin directly on MicroG and started becoming an advisor for MicroG inclusion in /e/. https://e.foundation/e-foundation-announces-official-support-of-microg-development/?lang=fr

@ajz
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Interesting. And good to hear MicroG is development is no longer stalled.

@racoon
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Why is this /e/ any better than GrapheneOS?

@Czernobog
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Holy shit. I have never heard of /e/ until this post and they have quite a lot of supported devices. How come I have never seen them on XDA?

@ajz
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I’ve tested /e/ long time ago for a brief moment. My 2 cents : XDA forums is more focused on tech savvy users. /e/ is meant for a much more broad audience (non geeks). Its design follows iOS, meaning that you get pre-defined apps on the home screen. Their idea is that you will use their app store for other apps (When I tested it I did adb sideload to install F-Droid). You’d have to long click an icon on the home screen to remove the icon. /e/ is great for non geeks who wants less Google tracking in their lives, especially when buying /e/ pre-installed.

@Czernobog
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I see. hmm okay. So, I just went through couple of forums and found out that /e/ gets their applications in app store from apkpure and doesn’t even bother scanning for virus.

@ajz
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Yes, that’s bad. I’ve read that too via a website mentioned in this Lemmy thread. You can likely still adb side-load F-Droid and use that for installing apps.

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