/e/ is a Google-free LineageOS fork for several devices from Google, OnePlus, Xiaomi, and others

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There are many reasons why free and open source software is great. It allows someone to take a project and evolve it into something else that they see fit. Naturally, they have to follow the proper licenses that come with those projects, but when done right we can get software projects like /e/. /e/ is a fork of LineageOS that aims to be completely free of everything Google. Not only that, but there are a number of goals the developer has in mind for /e/ that more people feel are vital to a mobile operating system. This week it has been announced that the first beta of /e/ is now available for a limited number of devices (linked down below).

The original idea of /e/ came from Gaël Duval, an open source advocate, last year when he wrote a series of articles titled “Leaving Apple & Google. . .” It was in this series of articles when he announced that a new smartphone OS was currently being planned. The new mobile operating system had three goals including:

  • Be free from Google (no Google services, no Google search, no Google Play store, etc.)
  • Be far more respectful of user’s data privacy
  • Be attractive enough so that Mom and Dad, children and friends would enjoy using it even if they aren’t technophiles or geeks

It’s been a year and now the first beta of /e/ is available to the public. As mentioned, /e/ is a Google-free fork of LineageOS with this first beta being based on version 14.1. Depending on the addition of more build servers and more contributors who can maintain or port to specific devices, they are hoping to see the list of supported devices grow. Speaking of, here is the official list of devices that can test out this first beta of /e/ right now.

Essential Phone

Fairphone

  • FP2 – “FP2”

Google

HTC

  • One (M8) – “m8”

Huawei

LeEco

  • Le 2 – “s2”

LG

  • G5 (International) – “h850”

Motorola

OnePlus

Samsung

Xiaomi

  • Mi 5s – “capricorn”
  • Mi 5s Plus – “natrium”
  • Redmi 3S/3X – “land”
  • Redmi Note 4 – “mido”

Here are some screenshots provided by the developers:

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And here some more images which have been provided by @onlyninja on our Telegram group:

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Download links of the first beta build of /e/ for supported devices


Source: Hacker Noon

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