At the end of 2017, the /e/ project was unveiled in a series of articles entitled “Leaving Apple & Google: my (/e/) Odyssey” (Part1, Part2, Part3), with a clear promise: making a fully unGoogled and ready-to-use mobile operating system and online services, yet compatible with Android applications…
After a lilttle than 1 year of hard work, I’m very proud to announce that the first fully ungoogled Android smartphone on the market will be ready to ship in next June!
This will be high-grade refurbished smartphones, in limited quantities, so don’t wait to register!
Read all the details online here.
Several years ago I read about some intiatives to build a “Sovereign operating system”. Quickly I realized that, at the age of Internet, it was a depecrated idea and a total non-sense, and instead I started to talk about the idea of the “Sovereign digital chain”.
I developed the concept in a chapter of this book “Reflections on Programming Systems” that was published in 2019 at Springer.
And since 2018 I’m trying to make it a reality with the /e/ project at https://e.foundation 🙂
This is the end of 2018, and this year has been incredible.
By the end of 2017, I posted a few messages here about my quest for more data privacy, and corresponding plans to “Leave Apple and Google”. At this time, I thought I would just customize an Android ROM a bit and that it would be enough for my use and a few others…
I’m very pleased to announce that we have released a first beta of /e/.
It’s been an intensive development sequence, and I’m very proud of the work that we have accomplished with the modest budget we had. That’s the power of Open Source!
All the details in my full announcement here.
Now very close to say “bye bye” to Apple and Google 🙂
As some of you will have already noticed, the project has moved to a new web location, and the project is now known as the “my data is MY data” symbol:
Last year, I decided to leave Apple & Google: I want to free myself from the smartphone duopole, I want to regain control over my data privacy, I want to protect my freedom.
At first, I thought I would just fork Android, add a better design, remove any Google stuff, select a few privacy-compliant web services and add them to the system.
A little more than 6 months later, I realize that we’re building something really, really bigger than I had expected. This is made possible by the tremendous support I’m getting from many people around the world, and by a growing community of eelo contributors…
On the air of “If I had a hammer”:
♫If I had an eelo co-founder,
I’d co-found in the morning
I’d co-found in the evening,
All over this web.♫
Seriously, I have a feeling that I’m currently limiting the speed of eelo development. Get it right: the speed is OK, and I see we’re going to do (a lot) more this year than I had previously expected.
Starting from this week, I’m going to regularly unveil a specific eelo feature we’re working one.
As you know, eelo’s purpose is to deliver a full-featured operating system that is offering way better respect of user’s data privacy. In this respect we’re specifically removing any piece of Android that is sending personal data to Google.
As Lawrence Lessig explained on January, 1st 2000, Code is Law!
Computer systems, and more specifically software and data networks, have been driving the way the world has evolved recently. Software is now everywhere: in cars, trains and planes, in your house, in businesses and in industry…. Continue reading “eelo is more than tech, it’s a societal project for Freedom and Democracy”