Privacy of Android and Chromium on new PineBook
#1
Hi

I read that "Chromium OS and Android 9 are also available as an option" for PineBook. I wish to buy one.

Are these builds of Android and Chromium for PineBook without spyware from Google? Something like LinageOS/F-Droid? Can you please write a few details about the privacy of those builds?

I have no Google account but wish to use/test Android and Chromium. I cant use pure Debian because my toddler  Heart  too young for Debian.
#2
I can't say concerning Pie/Chromium (I don't think I've seen a build for either, yet, for Pinebook) but the LineageOS-derivative "/e/" (posted in this same subforum by Phie) does not have any Google apps included. No Google account needed to jump right in!

Concerning Debian and your toddler, you should be able to run Sugar DE if it looks like something more the kid's speed. It's available in the Debian repos for all architectures.
#3
(10-10-2019, 01:06 PM)tophneal Wrote: I can't say concerning Pie/Chromium (I don't think I've seen a build for either, yet, for Pinebook) but the LineageOS-derivative "/e/" (posted in this same subforum by Phie) does not have any Google apps included. No Google account needed to jump right in!

Concerning Debian and your toddler, you should be able to run Sugar DE if it looks like something more the kid's speed. It's available in the Debian repos for all architectures.

Nice https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=7954
Do you know how to update /e/ on Pinebook? Is there some kind of auto-update?

Thanks for https://sugarlabs.org/
#4
From what I can tell, the phone version of /e/ gets OTA updates, but I don't believe the /e/ for the Pinebook does. You'd likely have to just flash the latest build. You could probably do it manually, if you could mount the initial /e/ install, and overwrite its system files with the updated ones, but I have feeling that wouldn't work wonderfully. Try jumping into that linked thread and ask Phie, they are not only the developer of that image, but also a developer of /e/.

No problem!


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