Thoughts on /e/?


#1

The forum is definitely missing an Android category, that’s why I’ll post this here for now.

Today I learned about the /e/ project, which is yet another alternative to the Android Operating System. The project might be another alternative to LineageOS and is definitely worth a look. Its focus lays on privacy.

It was started by Gaël Duval, the guy that started Mandrake OS and follows Open Source principles.

So, what do you think of it?


#2

The forum is definitely missing an Android category, that’s why I’ll post this here for now.

Hm. To the “forum” masters out there: can we do new categories?
Preferrably via a mail interface?

Today I learned about the /e/ project, which is yet another alternative to the Android Operating System. The project might be another alternative to LineageOS and is definitely worth a look. Its focus lays on privacy.

Care to share more details about it? What’s the kernel?
What is the user space?

Links?

Cheers
– tomás
(who stubbornly refuses to carry a smartphone along, yet)


#3

I’ve just created one. You cannot open new categories by email, this would be like creating new mailing lists via your email client which has never been the case at the FSFE’s infrastructure.


#4

Sounds interesting, but I needed a few approaches to find it’s official page by search engines. The name is a bit unfortunate in marketing regards…

After a quick skim I found it impressive that /e/ also offers a free Nextcloud and email account, so I’m wondering how everything will be financed. I just remember CopperheadOS which switched to a non-free licence…


#5

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I’ve just created one.

Thanks

You cannot open new categories by email, this would be like
creating new mailing lists via your email client which has
never been the case at the FSFE’s infrastructure.

Thanks for the clarification.

“Has never been” is still a funny reasoning while experimenting
with new things, IMHO :wink:

Cheers
– t


#6

Afaict /e/ is a degoogled Android. Their latest builds are based on LineageOS.

Not sure, if this applies to all their services, but their efoundation page describes that they are planning to receive public and private funding.


#7

Afaict /e/ is a degoogled Android. Their latest builds are based on LineageOS.

Ah, I see, thanks.

Not sure, if this applies to all their services, but their efoundation page describes that they are planning to receive public and private funding.

So that would be Lineage plus (Free) cloud? Who’s paying for this?

I’ve skimmed the e foundation’s manifesto, and they do set
their aims impressively high. Paul: would you be interested
to collect facts about them and prepare a (more or less
informal) talk or discussion on that?

[technical aside: Discourse’s “header laundering” is pretty
unnerving: I’m currently answering to discourse+a726a08b1e6fed3c35cf65d01fd872c6@fsfe.org
instead of to Paul or Max. I don’t like this at all]

Cheers
– tomás


#8

Sure, I can try that. The founder is on mastodon btw :slight_smile:.

We should collect a catalogue of questions like the funding etc.


#9

Sure, I can try that. The founder is on mastodon btw :slight_smile:.

That’d be great: the world around us is shifting quickly to a place
where “free software” matters less and less: Google, Amazon, Facebook
et al. actually build on free software and don’t “mind” it (heck, they
are good contributors to free software [1])-- still they’re building
successful silos where people voluntarily give up freedom in exchange
for… whatever.

Thus, creative ideas which may lead to viable alternatives are really
important.

We should collect a catalogue of questions like the funding etc.

Yep.

P.S: I’m away this afternoon for a long week, back 5 Nov.
(and completely off the net). I’ll catch up on your answers
afterwards.

Cheers
– tomás