• freedom phone

    From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to All on Wed Jul 14 22:19:00 2021
    Hello All!

    Bitcoin millionaire launches "Freedom Phone" to "fight the Big
    tech overlords"

    Erik Finman, the youngest Bitcoin millionaire, has launched a
    UNCENSORABLE mobile device he calls "the best phone in the
    world" and that he says will take the fight to Big Tech.

    "Your data, your rules. I believe you have a voice that
    deserves to be heard without being censored. Big Tech hold a
    monopoly on public communication, dissemination of information,
    and they are abusing that power."

    The phone has its own App Store, an OS that has no app,
    keyboard or location tracking and a privacy guard that warns
    users when they're being tracked by any app or website, and
    allows them to block it.

    https://freedomphone.com/


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to Ogg on Thu Jul 15 08:52:59 2021
    Re: freedom phone
    By: Ogg to All on Wed Jul 14 2021 10:19 pm

    Hello All!

    Bitcoin millionaire launches "Freedom Phone" to "fight the Big
    tech overlords"

    Erik Finman, the youngest Bitcoin millionaire, has launched a
    UNCENSORABLE mobile device he calls "the best phone in the
    world" and that he says will take the fight to Big Tech.

    "Your data, your rules. I believe you have a voice that
    deserves to be heard without being censored. Big Tech hold a
    monopoly on public communication, dissemination of information,
    and they are abusing that power."

    The phone has its own App Store, an OS that has no app,
    keyboard or location tracking and a privacy guard that warns
    users when they're being tracked by any app or website, and

    not really seeing much about the specs, though
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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to Ogg on Thu Jul 15 08:36:32 2021
    Re: freedom phone
    By: Ogg to All on Wed Jul 14 2021 10:19 pm

    Hello All!

    Bitcoin millionaire launches "Freedom Phone" to "fight the Big
    tech overlords"

    Erik Finman, the youngest Bitcoin millionaire, has launched a
    UNCENSORABLE mobile device he calls "the best phone in the
    world" and that he says will take the fight to Big Tech.

    "Your data, your rules. I believe you have a voice that
    deserves to be heard without being censored. Big Tech hold a
    monopoly on public communication, dissemination of information,
    and they are abusing that power."

    The phone has its own App Store, an OS that has no app,
    keyboard or location tracking and a privacy guard that warns
    users when they're being tracked by any app or website, and
    allows them to block it.

    https://freedomphone.com/

    I am still waiting for any of these things to hit really strong.

    The problem is that for this to happen there needs to stop being social pressure for using the Big Tech infected phones. Try surviving with no iOS or Android in Spain and you are mostly left without Internet Banking at all, among other things. At the rate they are closing offices, I'd rather say without Banking _at all_.

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  • From DaiTengu@VERT/ENSEMBLE to Ogg on Thu Jul 15 15:44:07 2021
    Re: freedom phone
    By: Ogg to All on Wed Jul 14 2021 10:19 pm

    Bitcoin millionaire launches "Freedom Phone" to "fight the Big
    tech overlords"

    Erik Finman, the youngest Bitcoin millionaire, has launched a
    UNCENSORABLE mobile device he calls "the best phone in the
    world" and that he says will take the fight to Big Tech.

    "Your data, your rules. I believe you have a voice that
    deserves to be heard without being censored. Big Tech hold a
    monopoly on public communication, dissemination of information,
    and they are abusing that power."

    The phone has its own App Store, an OS that has no app,
    keyboard or location tracking and a privacy guard that warns
    users when they're being tracked by any app or website, and
    allows them to block it.


    I think I'll pass, especially after it turns out the FBI sold and marketed an encrypted device/network and then proceeded to arrest over 800 people as a result of it.

    https://www.engadget.com/fbi-encrypted-chat-app-anom-criminals-102001487.html

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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to Arelor on Thu Jul 15 20:52:00 2021
    Hello Arelor!

    ** On Thursday 15.07.21 - 08:36, Arelor wrote to Ogg:

    https://freedomphone.com/

    I am still waiting for any of these things to hit really strong.

    The problem is that for this to happen there needs to stop
    being social pressure for using the Big Tech infected
    phones. Try surviving with no iOS or Android in Spain and
    you are mostly left without Internet Banking at all, among
    other things. At the rate they are closing offices, I'd
    rather say without Banking _at all_.

    There is more info emerging about the freedomphone. Apparently
    it's a de-Googled Android. So.. wouldn't bankking still work
    in Spain?


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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to MRO on Thu Jul 15 21:08:00 2021
    Hello MRO!

    ** On Thursday 15.07.21 - 08:52, MRO wrote to Ogg:

    not really seeing much about the specs, though

    More is emerging. Here's one:

    Freedom Phone Specs | Umidigi A9 Pro
    https://youtu.be/t396Vvrgap8

    But Freedomphone itself is not disclosing much on their own.

    This article raises concerns about its security and
    vulnerabilities.

    https://www.dailydot.com/debug/freedom-phone-security-issues/


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  • From Ogg@VERT/CAPCITY2 to DaiTengu on Thu Jul 15 22:38:00 2021
    Hello DaiTengu!

    ** On Thursday 15.07.21 - 15:44, DaiTengu wrote to Ogg:

    I think I'll pass, especially after it turns out the FBI sold and
    marketed an encrypted device/network and then proceeded to arrest over 800 people as a result of it.

    https://www.engadget.com/fbi-encrypted-chat-app-anom-criminals-102001487.h tml

    That was basically an incredible sting.

    Ironically the words on the shield of the FBI are:

    Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.

    The sting was a tad short of integrity, I'd say. :/

    Covert operation and integrity seem to be mutually exclusive to
    me.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to DaiTengu on Fri Jul 16 07:42:00 2021
    DaiTengu wrote to Ogg <=-

    I think I'll pass, especially after it turns out the FBI sold and marketed an encrypted device/network and then proceeded to arrest over
    800 people as a result of it.

    https://www.engadget.com/fbi-encrypted-chat-app-anom-criminals-102001487 .html

    A Linux-based phone is sounding like a better idea the more I look at it.
    Can I get a GUI-based IRC client and VPN?


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  • From MRO@VERT/BBSESINF to poindexter FORTRAN on Sat Jul 17 10:20:16 2021
    Re: Re: freedom phone
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to DaiTengu on Fri Jul 16 2021 07:42 am


    A Linux-based phone is sounding like a better idea the more I look at it. Can I get a GUI-based IRC client and VPN?


    they keep talking about linux based phones but they dont ever emerge as working alternatives.
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  • From DaiTengu@VERT/ENSEMBLE to poindexter FORTRAN on Fri Aug 6 16:24:44 2021
    Re: Re: freedom phone
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to DaiTengu on Fri Jul 16 2021 07:42 am

    https://www.engadget.com/fbi-encrypted-chat-app-anom-criminals-10200
    1487 .html

    A Linux-based phone is sounding like a better idea the more I look at it. Can I get a GUI-based IRC client and VPN?


    Android is linux-based. http://source.android.com

    Phone companies put closed source apps on top of it, and lock bootloaders.


    iOS is based on Darwin, which was based on BSD UNIX.

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to Arelor on Sat Aug 7 14:57:54 2021
    Re: Re: freedom phone
    By: Arelor to DaiTengu on Sat Aug 07 2021 05:02 am

    Android may have a lot of Linux code under the trunk, but it certainly does not feel like using a common Linux distribution at all.

    What would you expect a Linux phone OS to look like? Would you want it to run a Linux window manager like Gnome or Compiz or something and run Linux desktop apps?

    Nightfox

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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to Nightfox on Sat Aug 7 19:28:34 2021
    Re: Re: freedom phone
    By: Nightfox to Arelor on Sat Aug 07 2021 02:57 pm

    Re: Re: freedom phone
    By: Arelor to DaiTengu on Sat Aug 07 2021 05:02 am

    Android may have a lot of Linux code under the trunk, but it certainly does not feel like using a common Linux distribution at all.

    What would you expect a Linux phone OS to look like? Would you want it to r a Linux window manager like Gnome or Compiz or something and run Linux deskt apps?

    Nightfox


    I am not concerned for looks.

    What I miss is using common Linux / GNU Coreutils tools out of the box for day to day management. In a "proper" Linux phone you could use apt-get or sbotools to install a Strongswan package, use /etc/ethers for setting arp entries, and Iptables for firewall rules.

    There are ways to run proper Linux programs on Android, but they are limited and feel much like running an emulator.

    I am not sure common window managers are a great fit for small screens myself. Big desktop environments seem to be bent into being usable on mobile devices but I have never tried them on that environment.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Nightfox on Sun Aug 8 10:58:00 2021
    Nightfox wrote to Arelor <=-

    What would you expect a Linux phone OS to look like? Would you want it
    to run a Linux window manager like Gnome or Compiz or something and run Linux desktop apps?

    There are a couple of linux phone OS distros out there. Pinephone is running one of them.


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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to Arelor on Sun Aug 8 11:00:00 2021
    Arelor wrote to Nightfox <=-

    What I miss is using common Linux / GNU Coreutils tools out of the box
    for day to day management. In a "proper" Linux phone you could use
    apt-get or sbotools to install a Strongswan package, use /etc/ethers
    for setting arp entries, and Iptables for firewall rules.

    There are ways to run proper Linux programs on Android, but they are limited and feel much like running an emulator.

    I am not sure common window managers are a great fit for small screens myself. Big desktop environments seem to be bent into being usable on mobile devices but I have never tried them on that environment.

    Imagine finally being able to do the "docked phone as a desktop" deal companies have tried selling for years. Make a clamshell with a monitor, keyboard, trackpad, and just enough guts to run VNC, and VNC into your
    phone, running a full Linux distro.

    Or, VNC in from any old desktop and get a full environment that you can take with you.


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  • From Arelor@VERT/PALANT to poindexter FORTRAN on Sun Aug 8 19:53:08 2021
    Re: Re: freedom phone
    By: poindexter FORTRAN to Arelor on Sun Aug 08 2021 11:00 am

    Imagine finally being able to do the "docked phone as a desktop" deal companies have tried selling for years. Make a clamshell with a monitor, keyboard, trackpad, and just enough guts to run VNC, and VNC into your phone, running a full Linux distro.

    Or, VNC in from any old desktop and get a full environment that you can take with you.


    Afaik there are already ways to do those things... up to a point. See what I mentioned of that UserLand tool mentioned in Linux Magazine. You can also run a Linux distribution in a chroot in Android so the VNC solution is not out of the question.

    This does not change the fact that any Linux you would be running, would be running on top of a lot of spyware ridden cruft and heavily limited by it (ie. no advanced networking without rooting Android or developing a specific Android app).


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