After having upgraded to /e/OS 1.0 I see: there is a dark shadow hanging over the project:
Using “App Lounge” requires me to accept TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
I appreciate that these terms are obviously designed to be as human readable as possible. They stress importance of privacy as well. And although they have not been shown in the system language (but english instead of german) I understood most of it.
But this is a threatening step back into the hell, we have been going to escape from.
What we have had before App-Lounge has been redesigned:
- an app store empowering me to choose: FOSS or unfree
- an app store with root access, so that it can care for automatic updates, if I want it to do so
- an app store free of the legal terms wall, which urge mankind to become zombie-like I-accept-because-i-cannot-read-all-this-stuff-machines
- I MUST accept the terms in order to use App Lounge
- the terms include my acceptance of Google’s terms for their Play Store
What I understand is, that there might have been legal circumstances, that made e.foundation consider to switch form the former repository to Google Play. But I regret that massively.
What I do not understand is: Why isn’t there an option at least to choose to stay free and independent? E.g. saying: If you reject the terms of google, then you are limited to FOSS or f-droid resources. There could be even more options as I could imagine.
To be clear: It is NOT an option just to use Aurora or F-Droid instead, since these are not able to perform unattended updates. Unfortunately F-Droid is not even able to trigger complete updates on all (or many) apps at once manually. Neither is Aurora. But unattended upgrades is essential in certain contexts.
An example: I am the internal data protection officer at my employer. I really have been keen of finding a mobile device operating system that fits my needs (degoogled at foremost) and gives our users the feeling of “it works”. /e/OS has been my biggest hope.
So at the moment I am irritated and disappointed:
Where do we go now?
Is this decision on App Lounge’s design revertible?