• @TheImpressiveX@lemmy.ml
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    492 months ago

    There was once a time where I thought living with apps from only F-Droid was impossible.

    Now, F-Droid is my only app store, and I only use Aurora Store for banking apps (and even then, I prefer to do banking on desktop).

    • Domi
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      132 months ago

      I recently switched to a phone with only microG installed, absolutely 0 Google services.

      It works insanely well nowadays.

        • Domi
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          52 months ago

          I don’t think it’s possible to get rid of everything in the stock ROM.

          I usually install LineageOS on all my phones but I’m on /e/OS right now because Lineage is not available yet.

    • Ensign Rick
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      52 months ago

      Just started doing exactly this recently. Aurora fills the gaps for the stuff that I need without the play store.

    • kratoz29
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      42 months ago

      I got late to the party, I still use the Google Play Store, but I find some neat apps with Fdroid from time to time, and I was like “hey this isn’t that bad” I feel weird to have spend so much time looking for individual APK files ngl.

  • PhilipJFry
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    302 months ago

    Yeah I always look for apps on fdroid first if I need something. It doesn’t have everything but a lot of the time there are great FOSS apps available.

    I also love that you can filter apps for different criteria such as privacy, close source dependencies etc.

    It’s a great project. Reminds me I should tip them some for their great work.

    • @Blizzard@lemmy.zip
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      132 months ago

      I always look for apps on fdroid first if I need something

      Me too, and if it’s not there then I recently discovered Aurora Store which let’s you download from Google Play anonymously and is itself available on F-Droid.

      Reminds me I should tip them

      Nice try, Philip J. Fry!

      • @miss_brainfart@lemmy.ml
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        112 months ago

        How’s the Aurora Store working right now? Last time I used it, anonymous accounts started getting rate-limited pretty severly, rendering it quite painful to use

        • @TangledRockets@lemmy.world
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          72 months ago

          The latest versions of Aurora store have a setting to automatically search in the browser which evades the playstore-side rate limiting. It’s a little annoying, but that’s on playstore, not aurora.

        • jabberati
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          42 months ago

          @miss_brainfart @Blizzard It got better again! But I try to keep the apps from the Play Store at a minimum. If there is something similar available on F-Droid I get it from there.

          • @miss_brainfart@lemmy.ml
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            12 months ago

            Good to hear. I decided to become completely independant from the Play Store when that happened and actually managed to do it, but that’s obviously not an option for everyone.

            • jabberati
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              22 months ago

              @miss_brainfart The only apps I get from the Play Store are banking apps and the default Google apps (Calendar, Contacts, Phone, SMS, …).

  • @makeasnek@lemmy.ml
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    My favorite F-droid app: !boinc@sopuli.xyz

    • Open Source
    • Uses your phone’s spare computational power to help scientists working on everything from cancer research to finding pulsars and black holes. You choose which projects to contribute to. Phones are more compute-per-watt efficient than most computers, and every little bit helps!
    • Can’t be published in Google Play store due to their ToS (it downloads and executes code from outside of its own APK which is not allowed)
    • Make sure to limit CPU usage to keep temps down. If your phone can’t get rid of heat easily, this app is not for you.
    • @Albbi@lemmy.ca
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      232 months ago

      Seems like awful use of your phone battery. Things like this are much better suited to desktop computers than anything that runs off battery. Even if they are more efficient as you say, they wear out much faster, leading to e-waste.

      • @makeasnek@lemmy.ml
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        22 months ago

        By default it only runs when battery is full and plugged into a charger. If you are keeping temps low there is no battery damage. I have ran this for years on several different phones.

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        • BOINC has been around for decades and no project containing malware has ever happened. Ultimately you have to trust the BOINC project you are running code from. Most of them are run out of major universities or research institutes.
        • BOINC also features code-signing to prevent mitm attacks or somebody breaking into a project server and distributing malware that way. Projects are encouraged to keep the signing keys on an offline machine or at least a different machine, which probably generally is what happens. Most developers do their coding work on one machine and then publish that to a server. Using your server for development would be inconvenient and questionable practice.
        • With Android specifically, I don’t know the extent to which malware could even do anything as there’s built-in sandboxing.
        • BOINC does also have a sandboxed mode available on Windows, but it will prevent BOINC from using your GPU if you want it to do that. On Linux, BOINC typically runs as an unprivileged user.
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      12 months ago

      can’t trust it (blindly) for some reason… but there are other reasons I will not get into here