I'd like explanations about the different types of port ?



  • @AppLee AOSP is open source Android, but if i uderstand correct still developed by Google. Does it have any tracing tools like gservices ?



  • @plexfex
    I'm no expert in this domain, but I don't think so.
    Our friends at LineageOS based their OS on AOSP which means they have a fully open source OS (blobs from firmwares like UT) with compatibility with the whole android ecosystem.

    But they don't add any of google's services, play store or anything of sort.

    IMHO AOSP is pretty safe on the privacy front. But I don't like the Java built apps, the APK system and all the memory space lost to the app.
    I also prefer confined apps for privacy.



  • @AppLee ok,

    1. but will I able to use Linux applications only? (without any apk, java, etc.) I mean, what I need is browsing, phone, and sms.

    2. can I install any application that work with arm debian Linux, or i have to only applications that on UBports repository ?



  • @plexfex
    Ubuntu Touch has a wide-ish range of apps in the open store.
    You can check them out from your computer: https://open-store.io/

    Many are webapp (a confined app accessing a unique website ; you can see that as a shortcut but it's much more), but there are also very nice native apps.

    You can also install "legacy" apps from arm debian within Libertine.
    Libertine is a container available for this purpose but you might have trouble with some apps.

    Then you have the most experimental feature: Anbox.
    Anbox will allow you ton install APK but don't expect a full support.
    Apps using Anbox will have only access to the network and all access to media files, contacts, ... won't work.

    You can find more information regarding Anbox and Libertine on the forum.



  • @AppLee sounds better, than i expect 🙂



  • @plexfex
    I have limited needs to and I'm very happy with UT.

    SMS, calls are working very well.
    Few hicups with MMS sometimes (but not often from what I experienced).
    I also use Teleports (Telegram) which brings modern messenger to UT and Axolotl (Signal - but there are less users in my contacts).

    There are very nice navigators (PureMaps and uNav).

    The browser, Morph, is very nice to use and webapps are really useful for privacy and frequently used websites.
    I don't have major issues with the browser, but it will depend on the websites you're using.
    But Morph improves quickly.

    I think you migh enjoy your experience with UT.
    It's far from perfect, but I have no major issue with it.

    It's been 3 years now without any android phone.



  • @AppLee

    1.what phone have, at your opinion, most ready to use UBports, if not Nexus 5, and still easy to buy ?(less bugs, more compatibility)?

    1. will i able to install another browser (firefox, vivaldi)?

    2. extremely paranoiac question, why should I trust my login and password from telegramm to third-party application? Because it open source? Because if i trust to install UBports, i should trust to use Teleports ?



  • @plexfex

    About the phone, I don't know.
    I have a Nexus 5 and a Pinephone.
    The Pinephone is not yet completely ready but if you can wait that's a good option.

    And I decided to order a F(x)tec Pro1-X with Ubuntu Touch on Indiegogo.
    It's pricy, but I miss so much the physical keyboard. And I was curious how the fingerprint reader can work on UT.

    You can technically install Firefox, but the UI is not adapted to mobile.
    The best experience will still be with Morph IMO.

    Yes, you'll have to trust UT and Teleports, but given that it's open sourced, it means you can check for any malware. But if you trust this community than there is no need to worry. The lead developer of Teleports is one of the core team, every PR is reviewed.
    The open store is managed by the UBports foundation so you can trust it to install your click packages.



  • @AppLee said in I'd like explanations about the different types of port ?:

    The open store is managed by the UBports foundation so you can trust it to install your click packages.

    This is not good advise. Anyone can upload apps to the open-store and the confined apps are only getting a very basic automatic check. As for the unconfined ones, yes they seem to get checked manually by foundation members, but they are also much more risky to install.

    I don't want to spread FUD, and so far all apps I tried from the open-store seemed fine, but this kind of app distribution model is inherently untrustworthy (like the Playstore and the iOS appstore as well) and people should be cautious what apps they install from such a channel.



  • @poVoq
    What I meant by that is that if you trust Teleports code, then you can trust that the version delivered by the open store is consistant with the repository.

    Because you can check the sources from a git and the install a package that you don't know how they got built.

    That's a chain of trust, I trust Florian hence its reviews hence Teleports, I trust UBports hence the open store, so I trust the click package delivered by the open store for Teleports.

    You are right to point out that the open store doesn't make all apps safe. But if you know and trust the source and if you trust the platform, then you can relax.


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