rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Apr 7 00:07:35 PDT 2022
> 3. The obvious way to escape the clutches of the 2nd most nosy
> corporation in the world -- and still use Android if that is
> one's cuppa is to _not use Google's Android builds_, but rather
> (hardware support permitting) one of the third-party,
> less-filled-with-vendor-captive-proprietary-junk Android,
> Replicant or CopperheadOS for the purists, PostmarketOS for
> the realists.
I misremembered the relevant names, on account of writing
The ur-implementation of truly open source Android was CyanogenMod.
When that project imploded, its flagship successor, and main current
example of the genre, is LineageOS.
The hardcore-FSF-leaning, militant-free-software version of LineageOS
with absolutely all proprietary bits omitted is Replicant.
/e/ (formerly Eelo) is a fork of LineageOS with microG, a free and
open-source implementation of Google APIs substituted for Google Play
There are, predictably, others.
_PostmarketOS_, is a real Linux distribution for mobile devices, not an
Android variant. It's a popular choice for PinePhones.
> and one must select very carefully.
> 4. Privacy? Using commodity Android means laughable security
> _and_ privacy, and also that you're fine with your handset
> getting EOLed in a ridiculously short period of time.
> 5. That's not even talking about the skunk in the garden, the thing
> cellular pphone users seldom even think about, the problem of the
> baseband chipset getting rooted and puppeteered over the air by
> average nation state spook agencies and, these days, probably by
> even modest criminal organisations. This is a largely unsolved
> problem, but Pine Store and Purism at least partially deal with it
> by decoupling the main and baseband chipsets rather than having
> them share a data/RAM bus as with most phones -- communicating,
> if memory serves, over USB. With power switches for various
> Enlightening study from 8 & 6 years ago:
> (not the same URL twice!)
> Illustration of the baseband problem at work, with a quite
> unforgiveable backdoor built into the Samsung Galaxy by the vendor:
> More on the baseband problem:
> You asked a question that invites, well, a wide-ranging and highly
> debatable discussion. I've only dipped my toe in, above.
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