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F-Droid developer retires


Boris Kraut writes:
Dear community,
dear upstream developers,
dear F-Droid staffers,

after more than three and a half years as lead (and most of the time sole) app maintainer, I "retire" from F-Droid.

I don't use Android myself anymore -- don't you worry, I don't use any less free systems either -- so my own interest and motivation are low. Also, I really think maintainers should indeed be users of the "product", they should dogfood it and actually care about the whole platform.

Given some dissent about the way to handle upcoming challenges (like complex builds, app developers eager to use latest pre-release stuff from Google and how to monitor all the stuff builds (and Google itself) start pulling in at buildtime etc.), I and my personal believes about software might also hinder F-Droid's further success: Newer generation always have a different view on "values", on techniques, on problem-solving, so these new problems might need fresh people to solve them.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to "train" a successor. While we had and have some very talented, dedicated people that do have my trust, I really hope some of you will help spreading the workload and join their ranks soon.

It has been my great privilege and pleasure to be part of this. Thanks for the past years and as always: patches welcome 🙂

Yours

Boris Kraut
I highlighted "I don't use Android myself anymore -- don't you worry, I don't use any less free systems either", because I stopped using Android (= Cyanogen + F-Droid - GApps) last year, because I'm worried about its software freedom - or limitation in fact.

Interestingly, Boris seems to walk the same technological path as I do:
Laptop, SSH, paper :). I wasn't a heavy mobile user in general and only got interested in cellphones when they became more PC-like. So with 3.5 years in F-Droid, I only have about 4-5 years of actual mobile phone usage. Coming from a more old-school unix environment, reverting back.
(Still, I hope to get a free mobile OS this year: Debian Mobile on the Pyra handheld.)

And I highlighted "start pulling in at buildtime" to remind software developers to never, ever only think about doing this. Really!

#android #freesoftware #debianmobile #mobile #fdroid

 

Work on Debian for mobile devices continues


Work on Debian for mobile devices, i.e. telephones, tablets, and handheld computers, continues. During the recent DebConf17 in Montréal, Canada, more than 50 people had a meeting to reconsider opportunities and challenges for Debian on mobile devices.

A number of devices were shown at DebConf:

* PocketCHIP: A very small handheld computer with keyboard, Wi-Fi, USB, and Bluetooth, running Debian 8 (Jessie) or 9 (Stretch).
* Pyra: A modular handheld computer with a touchscreen, gaming controls, Wi-Fi, keyboard, multiple USB ports and SD card slots, and an optional modem for either Europe or the USA. It will come preinstalled with Debian.
* Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G: An Android smartphone featuring a physical keyboard, which can already run portions of Debian userspace on the Android kernel. Kernel upstreaming is on the way.
* ZeroPhone: An open-source smartphone based on Raspberry Pi Zero, with a small screen, classic telephone keypad and hardware switches for telephony, Wi-Fi, and the microphone. It is running Debian-based Raspbian OS.




The photo (click to enlarge) shows all four devices, together with a Nokia N900, which was the first Linux-based smartphone by Nokia, running Debian-based Maemo and a completely unrelated Gnuk cryptographic token, which just sneaked into the setting.

If you like to participate, please

* check the Debian Mobile wiki page,
* subscribe to the Debian mobile mailing list,
* or join the #debian-mobile IRC chatroom at irc.oftc.net.

#debian #mobile #debconf17 #pocketchip #pyra #zerophone #debianmobile

 

News on Debian on apexqtmo



Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo writes about the state on free software on smartphones.
There are still a lot of things to do, to say the least.

#debian #debianmobile #ryf #halium #ubports #replicant

News on Debian on apexqtmo

News on Debian on apexqtmo

 
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Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone


@Gruppo Linux Como[/share]

 
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Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone


@Gruppo Linux Como[/share]

 
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Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone


@Gruppo Linux Como[/share]

 
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Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone


@Gruppo Linux Como[/share]

 
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Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone


@Gruppo Linux Como[/share]

 

Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone

Mobile - Debian Wiki


 
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Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone


@Gruppo Linux Como[/share]

 

Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone


@Gruppo Linux Como

 

Please help DebianMobile!



If you care about open hardware and free software, if you care about a trustworthy operating system in your pocket, please consider to help getting Debian run on mobile devices. Join the effort and let's see, what can be achieved. Currently, this is a hackers/developers party, there is not much for end users, yet, so please be warned and don't hold your breath. #debian #debianmobile #openhardware #freesoftware #mobile #handheld #pyra #neo900 #zerophone

Mobile - Debian Wiki