Anyone else using F-Droid on their phone?

android
#1

i started checking out their apps maybe a year ago and while there aren’t nearly as many as play store, i like the idea that they are specifically chosen and aimed at not tracking me. just thought i would see if anyone else has had any experience with it and what their thoughts are :slight_smile:

https://f-droid.org/en/about/

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#2

Yes! I check there first before looking at the Google Play Store. I have found great apps for passwords, watching Amazon prices, security, photos, cpu info, pedometer, and games.

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#3

i really enjoy the games that i found there and like that the duck duck go app is stripped of the crud that google added before putting it in the play store

#4

OpenVPN, VLC, Blockada, Firefox and quite a few others. Use the Duckduckgo app too. EtchDroid is pretty cool. Don’t have a cable to use it, but might be a good idea to get one. Just in case.

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#5

i remember reading the description on that one just the other day and thinking the same thing.

#6

Just ordered a USB OTG off ebay. I’m new to Linux so the odds of a total system crash and no live system handy and only one computer means I’m screwed. Bromite looks like a good Chromium browser. F-droid repository here.

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#7

a bit off the subject, but do you have any kind of an external hard drive that you can use to backup your system in case of failure? between that and a timeshift/clonezilla regimen, my worries about system failure (short of an actual hardware nightmare) have lessened quite a bit.

#8

Thanks for reminding me about that. Haven’t backup this new install yet. You do need a live system on usb to install the backup don’t you?

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#9

with clonezilla, you do need a live usb. i have a dedicated clonezilla usb that i keep around just for that. timeshift, however, allows you to roll back your system while it is running. for example, the other day i messed up a config file and hadn’t thought to make a backup of. timeshift lets you pick an image (i make one daily and they are small since they are just system files) and roll back right then. it only took a few minutes to run and it went off without a hitch.

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#11

i was pretty excited to see minesweeper and of course the old standard, solitaire :slight_smile:

#12

Hello, I use it sometimes. I think the last app I’ve downloaded is Blokada.

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#13

A big yes there. I’ve been using F-Droid for half a year now and found lots of interesting apps there of which I wouldn’t have had the faintest idea using only Google Play Store. Google’s Store is very bloated with unuseful apps while F-Droid has strict guidelines for developers.

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#14

i especially like that if any app might have features (this may have been a setting i changed. i don’t recall) that aren’t strictly up to standard, they make it know in the app description so there is no confusion. all in all it feels so much more straightforward and secure :slight_smile:

#15

i will check that out. i like the f-droid focus on foss vs. the play store to be sure.

on a sort of related note, have you seen the g-droid fork of f-droid? when i originally saw it, i just thought it was a repackage or what have you, but in the description it claims that f-droid is no longer maintained. i looked around on the f-droid forum a bit and didn’t find anything about it not being maintained so i wasn’t sure what to think.

i like the g-droid interface better. i know star ratings aren’t perfect, but i feel like they help me get a feel for how an app will perform. at least to a degree. anyways :slight_smile: just wanted to share that find in appreciation of you sharing fissure.

G-Droid is actively maintained (the F-Droid client is not any more)

https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.gdroid.gdroid/

GIF maker for 18.04
#16

Ahh.
Heard of it, but thought it was just another “view” on the F-Droid repos.
Seems like it’s an alternate app for installing apps…
By the way, I haven’t heard about F-Droid no longer be maintained… (?)

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#17

@cordx @Fast.Edi I use both, F-Droid and G-Droid. The original one is obviously more stable, but the latter has already more functions and in 1 or 2 years it should be far superior to F-Droid. The most important function right at this moment is the ability to view your installed apps. As far as I know, this is not possible in the original.

P. S. : There is also an M-Droid client, but didn’t try it out, since the other two are enough.

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#18

F-Droid has this function.
Not as obvious, that given, but it’s there:
Go to Preferences and it’s the first option.
I have the german version, so I don’t know what’s the exact english label.
It might be “Manage installed apps” or so…

#19

Okay, found it. I would prefer it to be in the bottom bar with the categories, etc. It’s not really obvious.

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#20

i am going to split these last few comments over to an existing f-droid thread so they don’t get buried here in one about a gif maker :slight_smile: i meant to do that earlier when i made the first g-droid comment, but it slipped my mind.

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#21

I recently wrote here on It’s FOSS a post about alternatives for dropping Google, most from F-Droid :

Maybe you find some interesting tools…

Cheers,
Benny.

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