“Gaël Duval, Father of User Friendly Linux, on Mandrake and /e/ Phone”
Yesterday, the privacy-focused /e/ mobile ecosystem that we have been developing for one year, has been covered at InfoSec Handbook, with a focus on privacy concerns and on the actual “de-googlisation” of the system.
The author raised some concerns, and concluded that “While /e/ looks promising, it isn’t Google-free by now.”
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…
We have released /e/ first beta one month ago, and we already have delivered more than 1,000 test accounts…
We have also opened a new “community” website with lots of contents and forum at https://community.e.foundation – join now!
And a new “crowdfunding” reward for more storage.
Read our latest newsletter below (in several languages):
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 🙂
Today, we learned that the European Union has fined Google a record amount of 4.3Bn€, for illegal practises with their Android smartphone operating system.
In particular, Android is shipping pre-installed with the Google Chrome web-browser pre-installed by default, and Google search enabled by default, on every Android device. Continue reading “EU fines Google 4.3Bn€ for Android monopoly, and it’s a good thing.”
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.