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Google has been fined $5BN by the EU but before that we have a packed news section including KDE, Python, more crypto miners, the Librem 5, and RISC-V.
KDE Plasma 5.13.3, Frameworks 5.48.0 & applications 18.04.3 & Onboarding
Guido van Rossum resigns as Python leader
Arch Linux AUR Repository Found to Contain Malware
Librem 5 update (dev boards delayed)
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The EU has fined Google $5BN for anti-competitive behaviour with Android. Google responded publicly. Félim found a good write up.
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Many many thanks for yet another great LNL episode.
I rarely ever comment on things, but having just listened to LNL-42, where you guys were again discussing Android/Google/Lineage/Cyanogen etc etc I felt that I just had to pen you a note.
I have recently re-visited Sailfish-OS as an option for my mobile life, and I have to say that I am very impressed. Flashing it onto both Sony Experia-X and Planetcom Gemini hardware was a doddle compared to anything (android) I have ever tried before, all using Ubuntu Mate to flash the devices from.
What I’ve got for my trouble is a very elegant and productive OS, with a wealth of apps available (not that I want or need that many), and all of it on a Linux based OS – – – and yes, if you want to, and if you really really must, you can install .APK’s as well either from the various app-stores or just from the file; (and they do run very very well).
If you haven’t had a look at Sailfish recently, can I suggest that you give it a test-drive, you never know, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Another option could be to use microg (https://microg.org/). It replaces google services with open services (MozillaNlpBackend for location etc), and if some google services are necessary (authentication) they strip unnecessary information from the packages sent to google.
I use the micro-g projects LineageOS build for Oneplus 2 (https://lineage.microg.org/).
It comes preinstalled with f-droid as default app store (they have changed some certificates so f-droid is seen as a trusted source by the OS). Together with Yalp app store (which can download apks from google play store by either a fake account or your own (for purchased apps etc)) it gives pretty much the best from both worlds.
And thanks for the greats shows!
One thing I’m pretty’ sure about is that the Librem 5 will be much more likely to see completion if more people invest now, instead waiting for failure so they can say ‘I told you so’. Promote it, you’ll be happy you did.