[Community] Trust and Google

wonderphone at posteo.de wonderphone at posteo.de
Sun Aug 10 12:17:54 CEST 2014


Hi all,

it looks like I killed the conversation. I hope it is due to the 
"holiday season" and not because I stepped on somebodies feet.

Have a nice sunday,

Oliver


Am 03.08.2014 19:19 schrieb wonderphone at posteo.de:
> Hi all,
> 
> A German computer magazine is doing a little series on how to get rid
> of Google on ones Android Smartphone. But still some questions remain
> open.
> 
> - Even with CyanogenMod it is not possible to cut ties with Google
> completely. Even if you uninstall the Play store, deactivate automatic
> search for updates, use an alternative browser, the OS still checks
> its connection to the Internet by contacting a Google server. Does
> Replicant do this, too, or have Paul or Denis managed to convince
> Replicant to stop it?
> 
> - Some of the editors also explain their preferred degree of
> independence from Google and how they achieve it. Axel Kossel writes
> (c't 2014, 13, p.116) that he took it as a challenge to eliminate most
> of Google connectivity by hand on his own. That is one strategy among
> the understandable ones but what I find striking is that he explicitly
> distrusts custom ROMs and software repositories other than Google
> Play. His argument is that he doesn't know anything about the authors
> and their motives. --> My question: Is this a reasonable point and if
> yes, what can we do to have a water-tight chain of trust without
> exposing the private life and secret thoughts of the OpenPhoenux OS
> developers? I understand that we have signed binaries from signed
> source code and with the commits from the Git software there should be
> not gap in the chain. But can we be really sure that the code really
> does what it is supposed to? Can we really take its harmlessness for
> granted just because it is open source?
> 
> Thank you for your insights
> 
> Oliver
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