I just discover the project eelo: https://itsfoss.com/eelo-mobile-os/
A longer motivation is presented here: https://hackernoon.com/leaving-apple-and-google-my-eelo-odyssey-part1-the-mobile-os-f378ee247315
It seems interesting.
At least, it could produce some usable programs for Replicant.
But it could probably also be more: would it be possible to organize some discussions to understand how eelo can work with Replicant?
He probably is not technical aware at 100% but I think he is really interested into increasing privacy.
What do you think?
RE: eelo project - Added by George S 15 days ago
Thanks for the links. I had a brief read. I guess he wants to get rid of Google (and Apple, but with Android that's not
a problem, I think) and basically installs lineageOS without Google Apps. He is also bothered with many esthetical issues
which forces him to build a customized ROM. Then he discovers that installing apps without Google Play is not-trivial.
As far as I can tell, this is - apart from the design issue - simply lineageOS without Gapps. Hence the ambitions regarding
freedom are not as big as with replicant, since many freedom compromizing topics (e.g. proprietary drivers for Wifi
and Bluetooth) are not addressed at all.
Please let me know if I am missing something...
RE: eelo project - Added by Fil Lupin 14 days ago
Yes, I had the same thought at first by reading their project.
In fact, I thought that these functionnalities he wants to develop can be useful to make it easier to make Replicant more usable for users.
There are two problems currently from my point of view:
1. GUI is not very friendly and Replicant priorities are hardware drivers
2. support lakes for Replicant users, and there are too few forces to propose enough support for users.
This project could at least help for point 1 to increase the GUI with libre code which will allow users to get privacy with their phone.
This point is for sure, in my point of view.
Another point which could be is to make eelo (and any other alternative phone project) understand the interest of using libre hardware and drivers for privacy. This seems more an evangelist work but it would help to have hard skills into retroengineering like the ones used to discover samsung exploit a few years ago. Even if this is not the core of eelo project, it could only help to exchange with them.