I use /e/ OS now for a while. Bought a Samsung S7 Edge in the e foundation shop. And it is the first time I do not have the unpleasant nagging feeling that I get screwed over by any means necessary by data hungry companies and I can really enjoy my smartphone. Also on the other side I do not have old situation like with my Cyanogenmod period where I sifted through documentation on xda-developer.com, hacked into the bash command line and still do not get my GPS running. Instead rendered my smartphone useless when patching files with a hex editor.
So on the weekend I got an old LG G5 up and running on stock ROM to use it in order to buy apps via Google app store and download them with Aurora on the e OS smartphone. At this occasion I could check into the other smartphone OS universe again. How a normal smartphone OS is stuffed with a big mess of everything software. Google put their stuff on it. The network provider added software. LG also tried to sell their cloud software. And last but not least some third party stuff who paid to get onto it. And this gang of merry software hoodlums than try to call home. Even simple third party software without any apparent use tries to get data pumped out. Like the smartphone and automatically whoever is holding it is owned by them.
To cut the story short. After I got a look again into the abyss of smartphone horror I want to take the opportunity to tip my hat to Gaël and his team for their effort. And also an honorable mention goes to Manoj who is representing the e foundation in the community. - Despite your workload and enthusiasm please do not forget your work-life balance.
Currently I am spending monthly at patreon.com for e foundation but in the future I would not mind to pay some yearly subscription for keeping the e OS up to date for my Samsung S7 Edge. I hope that the number of people increases who acknowledges that maintaining security and privacy costs money and resources not only once but constantly.
BTW: Also the community and its involved members are a big part of the whole endeavor. Keep on this way.