As we know, one of the major restricting factors for the /e/ development is its hard tying to LineageOS. Unfortunately, LineageOS project supports a very limited number of devices, and it seems that this number is growing slower year by year. Let’s use this great resource to see how many of the devices released in recent years have received LOS support:
2016 — 21
2017 — 14
2018 — 10
2019 — still zero
A worrying picture, isn’t it? However, this does not stop the forked projects (including /e/) and independent developers from porting LineageOS code to new devices by their own. Thus, /e/ community maintains Essential PH-1 and Google Pixel 2 XL which are not in the list of LineageOS.
I was hoping for your appearance here, Manoj. Indeed, there’s been a lot of talk on planned liberation from LineageOS, but this is a long-term goal, whereas now it is necessary to deal with more urgent tasks. For this reason, I would like to ask you: if it is possible to use the source of Lineage-based Resurrection Remix to extend the list of devices supported by /e/ right now. (Xiaomi Mi A2 for example, which has a good official support from RR.)
/e/ and RR — both are forks of LOS, from which they inherit the Privacy Guard tool and purity from bloatware and Goo9Ie services. But if /e/ goes further in the privacy direction, RR more focuses on appearance and user experience. So, it is not bad for privacy, but you will have to manually perform some improvements that /e/ contains by default.