Hey all, not sure if anyone else had seen this but I came across the BoringPhone, which appears to be a different fork of LineageOS running on a Xiaomi Mi A1 right now. It is more focused on curbing addiction to smartphones but as a side effect it seems to have similar principles to /e/.
From their website, www.boringphone.com, it looks like the phone comes with:
Signal (for SMS/Signal messaging)
Torch (flash light for us Americans)
No App Store
This idea seems intriguing to me, though it would be nice if they had phones that worked with in the U.S. or maybe a way to flash the ROM yourself. What I find most intriguing is that Boring OS has no way to install apps that waste your time or suck up your data (besides the network checks to Google, but that’s where /e/ can help )
I wondered if maybe the /e/ team would be interested in setting up a version of /e/ that would mimic this aesthetic. While many of the tools in the /e/ ROM help to keep us a private a possible, distractions are still possible. Perhaps either a separate ROM could be developed without some of the included apps or have it included as part of the setup process.
Either way it seems there may be another resource out there for folks who have a similar mission to /e/. Possibly both teams could learn from each other?