Okay, now i’m pissed !
First of all, i perfectly understand why you didn’t want to make the FP2 rooted by default, as this feature is only useful for “advanced users”, also, this was stated long before , BUT :
“If you can’t open it, you don’t own it” , a always thought it was your credo for both hardware AND software !
If i can’t root my phone, i don’t own it AT ALL.
It’s like “my” work computer, i can use it, but as a i’m not an administrator, i can’t install programs or modify advanced settings, as it’s the propriety of the company, i can fully understand that
BUT, if someone like asus/msi/anyone would try to SELL me a computer without administrator right, i would spit at their face and shove their computer down their throat !
Why would it be different on phones ?
Yes like administrator rights, the root is very useful security layer, but what if i don’t want that security layer ?
I want to be able to do wathever the F**** i want with MY phone, because it’s MINE, and i OWN it, just like the administrator rights on my computer i always thought this was you line of thinking…
But no, YOU UNILATERALLY decided that for “our own good” the FP2 won’t be easily rootable (just like any other phone companies).
Was it too hard to just provide a tutorial (hard ? i don’t care) on the FP forum, with a lengthy warning message ? no, we have to completely reinstall the OS, give away the gapps (wich can be greatly controlled by oh irony some root apps than can limit the privacy impact).
the seatbelt metaphor is perfect : the seatbelt is a standard on every car, and the fact that we have been conditioned ( in a good way i mean) to always wear it makes wearing it a standard, but not wearing it involves only me (no security issues for the other if i crash, i just die…), it’s just a risk I can take for any stupid reason, because it’s only involving me.
So, in conclusion, On the software side, Fairphone is not different from any other mobile phone company, you don’t give a **** about the user’s free will.
And seriously, that sucks.