@ blaes an icon pack doesn’t switch these icons actually
@dotcoma but it’s the same proces, right? Either way you have to flash a rom - unless you bought one of those phones with /e/ pre-installed That, by the way, is a really great option /e/ offers, just like it offers a great alternative for synchronization services. So I’m totally behind the idea of /e/. However, if the difference in privacy would be minimal, if to non-existent, when flashing Microg and installing the same apps, then you might as well flash Lineage.
@anonyme it feels like a bit of a hostile response, don’t know if I’m sensing this correct. I don’t mean to get in to an argument, but I feel my question is legit. If you take the right precautions on another ROM since you know what you’re doing, would you need /e/. In other words, to stick with the /e/ terminology: if you’re not mom and dad and can do some things yourself, do you reach the same level of privacy which /e/ offers? That’s my central question.
So thank you for the document, that helps. That would lead me to conclude that with Lineage and acces to similar apps from F-droid and with Microg instead of Play services flashed while hosting your own mail, calendar, etc, you’d almost have a similar amount of privacy as compared to /e/. However there are still a few lines of code edited by /e/ which offer increased privacy, namely 1. connectivity check 2. ntp servers 3. dns servers and (in the future) 4. IPv4 and IPv5 availibity check. I’ll do some research to explore the options of perhaps fixing this manually on a Lineage rom.
In regards to your edit: switching the launcher from Bliss to Lawnchair (for example) does change the homescreen layout, but it does not alter the icons of the system. Neither does changing icons in a launcher. Of course you’re right that if you’re not happy with the stock look of Android, then you have a problem in Lineage too. But to me there’s a difference between sticking with Vanilla Android (no explanation needed, it just is), and actively editing the UI. So, again, I think the question why put time/effort in changing the UI is a legitimate one. But if the general sentiment here is just: well, “a rom is not for everyone”, then I guess you’re right.
I’m still very interested in the /e/ os project, I think the solutions it offers are great and I’m behind the philosophy, especially for users wanting to invest little time and effort or who don’t have the hosting resources. But since I do have some experience with flashing, I just want to make sure whether I can replicate the /e/-level of privacy on a stock Android rom.