What am I looking for in /e/ ?
My personal expectation was/is a distribution that promotes privacy.
This comes down to preventing other organisations, primarily companies access to my data and communication.
With that I mean:
- de-googled OS
- privacy focused standard apps
- an app store that makes it easy to chose additional apps. In my view the app store should mostly promote privacy focused apps. The rest can be downloaded from e.g Yalp store.
- a standard communication app that is very privacy focused and is used at least for all /e/ communication.
- a privacy focused browser as standard app
- I did not realise it at first but now think that to include cloud access was a good idea for the masses. It should be explicitly turned on though (like with Google or Apple)
- encryption is used wherever possible and useful for the privacy oriented approach
I think the app store has a big role to play here. It should:
- give a high level of confidence to the user that they can find privacy focused apps easily and that problematic apps are clearly marked.
- make it easy to discover privacy focused open source apps
- sort searches based on privacy
- mostly include privacy respecting apps
- probably not include obvious privacy risk apps like WhatsApp and instead point the user to Yalp if they really have to use it.
- clearly mark open source apps
- have a moderated section for recommended privacy/security focused apps
- last but not least there should be decent documentation that explains his the app store works. Where do the apps come from, how recommendations are made, his lists are sorted and why, etc. So next to the how do I use the app store docu there should be info on the approach
I do appreciate that some people also look for a very secure system in the sense that data on the device and ideally communication with others is very secure and can also not be accessed by government organisations (anybody really). I think the privacy focused and the security focused are two slightly different audiences but the second objective can be build on the first.
However, to achieve decent privacy is much easier than a water tight safe system. Also prioritising security that much would almost inevitably require decisions that are probably unwanted by the other group.
In the end it is probably also difficult for the e.foundation to build a level of trust that people with super high security requirements are satisfied in. These things take time.
So if /e/ prioritises easily to achieve privacy for now with the option to increase security in the future I am a happy camper.