#Debian created an ecosystem where the software available there is reviewed and trusted, so the system can prioritize flexibility over security. In #Google Play, there are many apps we feel forced to use, despite knowing they are unethical or are tracking us. Google responds by locking down #Android to reduce data leaks, which also reduces the system's flexibility. #FreeSoftware puts the user in control so we can build user-friendly systems without being forced into bad decisions.
@eighthave "your user agent has too much agency, and might do bad things, so we are removing your agencies" - Chrome, Manifest V3
@eighthave google is only interested in making sure other entities cannot hustle user data without going thru them. Like the mob, they are protecting their turf.
@eighthave It really bugs me when people (cough Moxie Marlinspike cough) rag on the desktop security model as being horrible when compared to the paradigms on Android and iOS. Like, sure, all the programs on my laptop have unfettered access to its sensors and my home directory, but they’re all programs I trust.
We don’t need signed binaries, vendor lock-in, and labyrinthine systems of permission, we need an ecosystem of trustworthy software.
@eighthave Yeah it's really true. Once my Pixel 1 dies, will not be replacing my Android... or if I do will install GrapheneOS on a Pixel 4a
@tpfaff100 @eighthave GrapheneOS takes the Google/Android model in a different direction: prioritize security over flexibility and don't even include an app store. I think that could be quite useful to have a secure phone that is only a phone, e.g. you use only what comes with the system. That is quite different than the Debian model, and won't work for how the vast majority of people currently use their phones.
@eighthave I got my ham license will probably switch the family over to ham radio in the next six months.