@rob It's not apropos of this topic, but I just wanted to say thank you for your Linux phone videos. I enjoy them and appreciate the thought you put into them. I didn't realize you were on the forum until now or I would have said so sooner.
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RE: Encrypting data at rest?
Encryption is still an iffy topic for things like Ubuntu Touch, for several reasons, some of which are solvable, and some which aren't:
- ecryptfs is deprecated upstream
- We don't have access to hardware backed key storage
- We don't have usable OSK in recovery
- We can't re-lock the bootloader
I agree with points 2, 3, and 4. Re. point 1, that is true, but fortunately crytpsetup and LUKS are not deprecated, and that's what a few of us I know who run encrypted home are using. It's an imperfect solution and probably not an effective barrier to a skilled attacker, but I feel reasonably comfortable it would stop most people who find or steal a phone from viewing the contents.
Re. 3, PMOS has an OSK they can build into their initramfs, but I'm not sure it supports anything other than ASCII so without further development might not be a solution for many users even if it could be ported to UT and placed somewhere in both the boot process and recovery.
RE: PineTime $25 FOSS smart watch
Too little time right now to add the details to the OP (will update sometime later), but I highly recommend that anyone who has yet to see it read @PINE64 's December Update. Though currently sold out, dev kits have already been for sale to the general public and while currently out of stock, TL Lim said on Telegram today that they'll likely be back in stock in a week or so.
RE: How Does Ubuntu Touch Compare To Android Open Source Project?
Quite a few of us are also very concerned about privacy... It's well-known that if you use Google software, they are well-aware of everything you're doing, and are keen to exploit that for financial gain, by selling your data to advertisers.
UBports Ubuntu Touch doesn't do that. In fact, the system is designed such that apps have to ask your permission to access other apps.
The OP asked about AOSP though. AOSP is mostly degoogled out of the box, and the rest (e.g., captive portal detection, fallback DNS) can be disabled or changed in the source before compiling. The ecosystem of Android apps which don't require Google services is large, and the microG project mimics Google services adequately for a large percentage of those apps which do require them.
Here is a look at the PinePhone (dev) hardware, enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwkcr3CvyCM&t=0s
Was actually just watching that and came to this thread to post it here. But it's okay if you beat me in posting your own video, I don't mind.
Thanks as always for the great info.
RE: Librem 5 Phone, progress reports
It is good to see that some hardware exists. I won't be seeing any of my own anytime soon however. Though I'd previous said I'd stick with Purism despite the setbacks, having originally ordered in the crowdfunding without expecting much if any finished hardware, this year's nonstop lies and dissembling finally wore me out, and I recently requested and received a full refund. Many others on other fora have reported doing the same, for the same reasons.
If they pull off delivery of a working phone someday, maybe they can become (or return to being?) a truthful and relatively transparent enterprise, and if so I might even buy a Librem 5 or successor from them. In the meantime however, their being the polar opposite of transparent whilst all the while trumpeting their transparency simply became too much for me to stomach. I still wish them success, and I hope that refund-seekers like me don't become a stampede that breaks them, but even as important as unfettered hardware is, there are to my mind more worthy recipients of $600 funding (in what was effectively a donation from the beginning given the murky prospects of results).
RE: Ubuntu Touch Q&A 63 This Saturday 16th Of November At 19:00 UTC
How big is your head- and heartache after seeing the responses to your thread: Want To Develop UT And Need A Device?
Every now and then, one sees on the internet clear evidence that an offer meant for a specific community was shared perhaps more widely than desired.
(Not of course that it's a bad thing if word of UBPorts is spread. But I did get a lot of vibe of "hey, free phones," from some - not all - of the new members posting to that thread.)
(And updated the OP with direct links to the order page too.)
This is truly a great day, and unlike the Purism crowdfunding two years ago, we're ordering a product that is real and has software and is nearly ready (things which don't appear to be true of the Librem 5 even now ).