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[ROM][UNOFFICIAL|CUSTOM][Q/A10][hotdog] /e/ OS for OnePlus 7T Pro - BYE Google, HELLO Privacy!

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/*
* I'm not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed (like it did for me...).
* Please do some research if you have any concerns about features included in the products you find here before flashing it!
* YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.
* Your warranty will be void if you tamper with any part of your device / software.
* Same statement for XDA.
*/



About /e/

/e/ is not just another ROM - it is a mobile ecosystem (ROM + online services) that:
  • is open source
  • is pro-privacy
  • is compatible with most existing Android applications
  • cares about usability
  • is as far as possible freed from shackles by Google and OEMs
  • already exists!
It’s the alternative to the Apple/Google duopoly on the smartphone.

... so again and just to be clear: /e/ is not just a ROM, it is more a complete privacy ecosystem and consists of:
  • an installable mobile operating system for smartphones, which is forked from Android and strongly “ungoogled”
  • a set of sorted and improved default open source applications
  • various online services that are linked to the mobile operating system, such as: a meta search engine for the web, drive (with synchronization), mail, calendar, notes, tasks.

Features
  • Based on the stable Lineage OS
  • microG fully pre-installed with Signature Spoofing in restricted mode!
  • All features described on the /e/ page: What is e
  • All features and fixes of LineageOS
  • My builds are all signed with a custom private key for best trust. This also means you have to factory reset when coming from another ROM!
  • My builds come with full OTA update support :)
    ... you know that thing which informs you that a new update is there and where you just click to download + install ;)


Differences from pure /e/
  • UNOFFICIAL builds: There are no differences. its pure /e/. just an unofficial build (if you want to have it official test my builds and report also SUCCESS! this ROM is currently awaiting to get approved by /e/ for official builds)
  • CUSTOM builds:
    • removed: Apps (see FAQ why)
    • added: F-Droid, F-Droid priv ext, F-Droid additional repos (disabled by default), AuroraStore, Lawnchair-latest (taken from their TG group)


Known issues:

Keep in mind that this is brand new stuff so it may (still) contain unknown issues!
So back up regularly and frequently!

  • none known (yet)
  • If you find a bug not listed let me know and SHARE LOGS! -> READ FAQ#1 for how to provide proper logs.


Requirements
  • Latest TWRP or SHRP build (while I am testing with SHRP only)
  • Do a full (i.e. not just TWRP/SHRP - as those do not backup your internal storage) backup before doing anything!


Installation

Detailed guide:
  • follow MSe1969's guide here

Quick guide (assuming you have TWRP/SHRP already):
  1. Full clean install as described here (FAQ #2). DO NOT REPORT ISSUES when you have skipped that step!
  2. Flash /e/
  3. Optional (if you want root): Flash Magisk
  4. Flashing OpenGapps ????? NO No no! you don't want that on a google-free phone! /e/ contains everything you need to live without Google! So flashing OpenGapps on /e/ is like using a bit more secure LOS but that's not the point of /e/. Either try without or go with LOS (imho).
  5. Boot it (will take a bit on first boot!!! be patient!)
  6. Enjoy the most easy way to have a privacy focused and google-free phone!


Download

Get your builds from my leech server (new installs or re-installs)

https://leech.binbash.rocks:8008/e-os/a10/hotdog/

If you have a previous version of my(!) /e/ Q installed already and just want to update to a newer release:
Android settings -> Updater (yes my builds have built-in OTA support!)

Note:
  1. Builds are updated as soon as possible. There is no build cycle.
  2. Information pertaining to your device is displayed accordingly.
  3. The current build is the latest for your device.

Changelogs
  • Join my Telegram groups (see "Support" topic)

Support

Of course in this thread but also by Telegram. I have created a generic group for all stuff around Android : here
and another one if you want to keep up2date whenever I build something (TWRP, SHRP, LOS, /e/, ...): here


Credits
  • MSe1969, wth.. you did an AWESOME job (y)
  • LineageOS (the base of /e/)
  • The /e/ foundation and all related devs making this experience possible!
  • and all I forgot (let me know if that's the case ofc) ..
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q #0: For CUSTOM builds only: Why is the /e/ App store not included??? It is GREAT!
Mainly due to security and privacy concerns. Wth? I thought /e/ is secure and privacy focused? Yes it is but.. read on:

First of all the App store itself has no security or privacy issues. It is opensource and I see no issues with the app itself!
... the most important point for a smartphone is the availability of apps. I mean having a secure device which respects your privacy is great but it will have no chance to win when you cannot get easily apps on it.
... and the most dangerous part for a smartphone is installing apps because here is where Malware can easily step in! So whatever you do never install APK files from a website directly unless you can be 100% safe it is trustworthy.

It is all about trust again and when you look in the sources of the /e/ Apps store you find it connects to: cleanapk.org.
/e/ makes that not a secret though as you can read here.
So who is behind that cleanapk.org? Why is /e/ trusting them? While reading through the /e/ forums I found that this page hosts (as far as we know) apps mirrored from apkpure + fdroid.
.. and it's completely unclear who hosts that site and where is behind it. On the other site /e/ (Gael, the founder as well) states clearly they are not in any relation to that site. "They just using their api".

here some facts:

  • you cannot get the owner by a whois request
  • They have a info page here which just roughly describes where the apps are coming from and how
  • There is no detailed privacy statement or even an info if they keep your data GDPR compliant or not
  • No way for devs to get their apps removed or updated

The /e/ foundation clearly states they have no relationship to that repository of apps but some things are interesting aren't they:


During that mentioned discussion and after pointing Gael to that - the welcome message suddenly changed to what it is today..
The full topic where even Gael is talking (not that friendly) is: here

TL;DR:
/e/ is providing apps (the most used way to get infected by malware) by an API which is at least questionable.
I do not say /e/ is doing questionable things and as said before the /e/ ROM is 100% trustworthy (otherwise I would not do any builds for it) but that cleanapk.org site is truly another story.
An interesting quote of Gael can make one read between the lines (I marked the interesting ones bold and cursive):
Some users have reported that they are using Aurora, [...] (context: we will never integrate this) because it’s infriging the play store terms of services.
For this, we have to use indirect mechanisms, that don’t infrige the play store TOS, and therefore, we are using a service that is not officially part of the /e/ project, and which is called cleanapk.org
On the long run, we other plans with partners, to offer something more transparent, but it’s too soon to talk about this.
Of course /e/ needs to ensure that what they are doing is 100% legal and offering an app repository like cleanapk.org is not.
My personal assumption is that /e/ is offering that repo - indirectly so not officially by the e.foundation itself.
A relation between is for sure nothing they want to have public as this would cause legal questions.

So the last question is:
Q: Why do I consider AuroraStore "better" then using cleanapk.org and so removed the /e/ apps store and adding AuroraStore instead?
A: Because I definitively know where the apps are coming from when using Aurora instead of /e/. Not just the app itself is OSS (like the /e/ one) the apps are coming directly from the play store instead of an unknown source.


Q #01: I want to report an issue. What is the proper way to do so?
I'm glad that you are asking: before doing so check the KNOWN ISSUES topic in the OP and ofc the other FAQ's listed here!
if you have an audio issue follow FAQ #6 instead.

Often selinux can cause issues so try that at very first:
Code:
if you have magisk installed:
adb shell
su
setenforce permissive

When " usb debugging root" is enabled in developer settings:
adb root
adb shell
setenforce permissive
Try again and if the issue is gone when in permissive mode: provide me a logcat as described here -> on step 3 I need the SELINUX log (option D)

If your issue is not solved with selinux permissive click here to proceed:

If your issue is not listed there follow the directions here briefly and I may can fix it:

logcat GUIDE

Ensure you have done a full CLEAN install before doing so (refer to FAQ #2 for what that means).

Warning: NO SUPPORT when:
- magisk is installed (known to cause issues sometimes - regardless of the ROM or version)
- Xposed is installed (known to cause issues sometimes - regardless of the ROM or version)
If you have installed any of these UNINSTALL or better do a FULL CLEAN install (see FAQ #2) before doing anything else. Often enough these above causes several issues like battery draining, problems on booting and much more. Even when they may work properly you should re-produce your issue without them first and follow the above to grab the log.

Magisk is a great piece of software and besides that it is Open Source which SuperSu never was.
I just saying I do not "support" issues when you have Magisk installed. Why? It is (like Xposed) extendable with modules (made by whoever) and those can cause billions of issues.
Other then that magisk was sometimes the reason for battery drain etc. Magisk modifies the boot "process" and sits very deep in the system (which is needed to make it work ofc) but that has the potential to make a system/ROM unstable or result in strange behaviors.

so in order to support a specific issue I have to be sure the ROM is in a "clean" state, no magisk, no xposed.
Pro-Tip: a very first test is to set magisk on core functions only to see if an extension causes your issue or not.


Q #02: I want to install clean, how? What is a clean install? What is the recommended way to flash a new ROM version?
A clean install ensures that there are no leftovers from any previous install. One can say that there are 2 phases of a clean flash:
1) regular
2) full - when you (still) encounter issues

Usually the regular one is fully ok when flashing a new ROM version but if you encounter strange issues nobody else is reporting or if a release post is recommending it you should do a full clean install instead.

A regular clean install can be done like this:
  • WIPE -> Advanced -> select: System + Cache
  • Flash the ROM
  • reflash root addon/magisk if you want root

A full clean install needs 2 steps more then the regular:
  • follow the steps for regular clean
  • go back in WIPE -> touch the "FORMAT data" button and type "yes" to format the internal storage (you will LOOSE ALL YOUR DATA - obviously)
  • REBOOT -> Recovery
  • Flash the ROM
  • reflash root addon/magisk if you want root
It is absolutely recommended to create a backup before and COPYING IT to your PC(!) before doing the above.


Q #03: Are there any plans or a chance of official /e/ builds?
Yes. With your help! What you can do? Test and report EVEN SUCCESS in this thread.


Q #4: Is there a FAQ specific for /e/?
Sure:

  • FAQ: click
  • Forum: click
  • HOWTOs: click (a great resource for all your first questions)
  • App alternatives (to replace google variants): click


Q #5: issues with audio (e.g. echo's, silence on one or the other site, ..)? Read here how to provide a specific log for that:
Do the following steps:

  • 1) Ensure you have adb set up on your PC, and have adb debugging and adb root enabled in developer options on your phone
  • 2) Then perform the following (all one command)

    On Linux:
    adb root ; adb shell "stop audioserver; logcat -c -b all; start audioserver" && sleep 10 && adb logcat -b all |egrep -vi "(dialer|telecom|ril|gsm|touch|brightn|dct|QC-time-services|SST|sensors|AlarmMan|Lights|perfp)"
    On windows:
    adb root ; adb shell "stop audioserver; logcat -c -b all; start audioserver && sleep 10 && logcat -b all |egrep -vi '(dialer|telecom|ril|gsm|touch|brightn|dct|QC-time-services|SST|sensors|AlarmMan|Lights|perfp)' "
  • 3) Then re-produce your audio issue and cancel the logcat from step 2 before hanging up!

  • 4) Share the logcat output from the console screen using paste.omnirom.org


Q #6: I'm scared about that microG , I don't want to expose my phone so is this /e/ version a security risk?
First of all you need a lot of trust installing ANY custom ROM. A developer can do nasty things right? Besides that yes microG allowing to let apps act like as they are another app, also known as signature spoofing. This CAN be a good and a bad thing. Read on why my builds are different:


In general the microG patch is an all or nothing. A ROM which supports microG (i.e. signature spoofing) have that feature enabled, always.
The difference in my /e/ builds is that I am using the "restricted" option of signature spoofing so as long as you trust me you are as safe as without microG.


Q #7: What is the difference between CUSTOM and UNOFFICIAL builds?
See the OP
 
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Hi! Why is there no gesture based navigation??? I'd love to see it!!!
at first glance the system is very surprising, like the very idea of a system without GAPPS. Looking forward to the development)
 
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Hi! Why is there no gesture based navigation??? I'd love to see it!!!
at first glance the system is very surprising, like the very idea of a system without GAPPS. Looking forward to the development)
Yea they removed it bc their launcher does not support it yet. There is an open issue on their bug tracker. I don't know when they will fix it tbh but i need it so bad that i found a way to include it. It's a kind of dirty hack but ... it works and will find its way in my next CUSTOM build.. :)
 

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    Code:
    /*
    * I'm not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed (like it did for me...).
    * Please do some research if you have any concerns about features included in the products you find here before flashing it!
    * YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you.
    * Your warranty will be void if you tamper with any part of your device / software.
    * Same statement for XDA.
    */



    About /e/

    /e/ is not just another ROM - it is a mobile ecosystem (ROM + online services) that:
    • is open source
    • is pro-privacy
    • is compatible with most existing Android applications
    • cares about usability
    • is as far as possible freed from shackles by Google and OEMs
    • already exists!
    It’s the alternative to the Apple/Google duopoly on the smartphone.

    ... so again and just to be clear: /e/ is not just a ROM, it is more a complete privacy ecosystem and consists of:
    • an installable mobile operating system for smartphones, which is forked from Android and strongly “ungoogled”
    • a set of sorted and improved default open source applications
    • various online services that are linked to the mobile operating system, such as: a meta search engine for the web, drive (with synchronization), mail, calendar, notes, tasks.

    Features
    • Based on the stable Lineage OS
    • microG fully pre-installed with Signature Spoofing in restricted mode!
    • All features described on the /e/ page: What is e
    • All features and fixes of LineageOS
    • My builds are all signed with a custom private key for best trust. This also means you have to factory reset when coming from another ROM!
    • My builds come with full OTA update support :)
      ... you know that thing which informs you that a new update is there and where you just click to download + install ;)


    Differences from pure /e/
    • UNOFFICIAL builds: There are no differences. its pure /e/. just an unofficial build (if you want to have it official test my builds and report also SUCCESS! this ROM is currently awaiting to get approved by /e/ for official builds)
    • CUSTOM builds:
      • removed: Apps (see FAQ why)
      • added: F-Droid, F-Droid priv ext, F-Droid additional repos (disabled by default), AuroraStore, Lawnchair-latest (taken from their TG group)


    Known issues:

    Keep in mind that this is brand new stuff so it may (still) contain unknown issues!
    So back up regularly and frequently!

    • none known (yet)
    • If you find a bug not listed let me know and SHARE LOGS! -> READ FAQ#1 for how to provide proper logs.


    Requirements
    • Latest TWRP or SHRP build (while I am testing with SHRP only)
    • Do a full (i.e. not just TWRP/SHRP - as those do not backup your internal storage) backup before doing anything!


    Installation

    Detailed guide:
    • follow MSe1969's guide here

    Quick guide (assuming you have TWRP/SHRP already):
    1. Full clean install as described here (FAQ #2). DO NOT REPORT ISSUES when you have skipped that step!
    2. Flash /e/
    3. Optional (if you want root): Flash Magisk
    4. Flashing OpenGapps ????? NO No no! you don't want that on a google-free phone! /e/ contains everything you need to live without Google! So flashing OpenGapps on /e/ is like using a bit more secure LOS but that's not the point of /e/. Either try without or go with LOS (imho).
    5. Boot it (will take a bit on first boot!!! be patient!)
    6. Enjoy the most easy way to have a privacy focused and google-free phone!


    Download

    Get your builds from my leech server (new installs or re-installs)

    https://leech.binbash.rocks:8008/e-os/a10/hotdog/

    If you have a previous version of my(!) /e/ Q installed already and just want to update to a newer release:
    Android settings -> Updater (yes my builds have built-in OTA support!)

    Note:
    1. Builds are updated as soon as possible. There is no build cycle.
    2. Information pertaining to your device is displayed accordingly.
    3. The current build is the latest for your device.

    Changelogs
    • Join my Telegram groups (see "Support" topic)

    Support

    Of course in this thread but also by Telegram. I have created a generic group for all stuff around Android : here
    and another one if you want to keep up2date whenever I build something (TWRP, SHRP, LOS, /e/, ...): here


    Credits
    • MSe1969, wth.. you did an AWESOME job (y)
    • LineageOS (the base of /e/)
    • The /e/ foundation and all related devs making this experience possible!
    • and all I forgot (let me know if that's the case ofc) ..
    Sources
    1
    Hi! Why is there no gesture based navigation??? I'd love to see it!!!
    at first glance the system is very surprising, like the very idea of a system without GAPPS. Looking forward to the development)
    1
    Yea they removed it bc their launcher does not support it yet. There is an open issue on their bug tracker. I don't know when they will fix it tbh but i need it so bad that i found a way to include it. It's a kind of dirty hack but ... it works and will find its way in my next CUSTOM build.. :)
    ok, I'll be waiting!!!