So disappointed… I really wanted a mobile that was free from spying, political interference, censorship and manipulation. Wish mobile telephony could be like that. Wanted to try e/OS/, bought a used Samsung S7, in pristine condition. Have tried all day to make it work through the “easy” installer. I just won’t work, no matter what I do.
I have searched forums, but found no help, because the matter is FAR TOO COMPLEX for a layman to understand. This is a task for professionals, those in the mobile phone development industry, for techies.
I could have bought a pre-installed e/OS/ mobile, yes. But the Easy-Installer was advertised as an easy alternative if you want to do it yourself, and it was a test - if this does not work ‘easily’ then I will not buy a preinstalled phone, because it will show the dedication of the people behind it to user friendliness. And even for a pre-installed mobile I know it won’t work just out of the box.
I realize now that I was naive. The e/OS/ system is not for normal people, those who just want to use a spyfree phone, maybe with a higher degree (than the boxed mobiles from the big two) of readiness to some personal engagement. But to this degree, I understand that this is a fringe movement. I got the impression from like youtube videos that this is the easiest to use system, and a real competitior to big tech. I was a fool.
It makes me sad. I realize there is no alternative (for normal people) to big tech.
I am seriously considering a dumb phone. Big tech disgusts me and I really wanted e/OS/ to work. But either it is a nerd-oriented system for hobbyists, or it is still too undeveloped and buggy to work for a wider audience but may one day become an alternative for the people. In any case, we are no there yet. This is a hint for the developers, if you read this. The idea is great, but you have failed, if the ambition was to bring this out to the people. Or you will have to work harder to make it work. I was ready to support you, but from what I have seen so far, it is far too early. Maybe someday. I hope so.