Some of you already played with the source code that we released on code.fairphone.com, and we are currently working on preparing a binary release. Interested FP2 owners can install this on their device without going through the trouble of compiling the operating system themselves.
As this build is for you (FP2 owners), we want to make sure that this OS develops into something that is useful for you, while using free and open source software where possible. So let’s start talking about it.
With the Fairphone Open Source OS (Fairphone OSOS), we want to create an OS for the Fairphone that helps users to gain full ownership of the device. This includes several aspects: On the one hand we are aware that there are a significant amount of users that are privacy-aware and do not want to be tracked or hand over their private data to the “cloud”.Fairphone OSOS will thus not come with Google Mobile Services (GMS). This also means no Google Play store. On the other hand we want you to have the possibility to take full control over your system. This is why it will be possible to enable root access in the developer settings. Additionally an alternative recovery will be offered that allows to disable signature verification and we are looking if we can offer busybox in the open source builds.
The lack of the Google Play store might be a drawback and a reason for some of you to stick with stock Fairphone OS with Google Mobile Services (Fairphone GMS). However, we want to work together with you to make the Fairphone OSOS a real alternative to Fairphone GMS. This means that we want to evaluate the possibility to include other app stores, e.g. F-Droid and in the future also include an alternative set of preinstalled (fair/open source) apps. So let’s discuss!
We also see interesting activity around FP2 hardware that is made possible by our code release: what would you like to see next?