At /e/, we are always on the lookout for projects sharing similar values to promote, being deeply rooted in open innovation, open communities and putting people first.

As a mobile operating system publisher, joining an initiative like FairTEC felt very natural.

With FairTEC, we aim to raise awareness for the structures that push for fairer and more sustainable practices within the electronics and telecommunications industry.

Our goal is to create a seamless platform that promotes solutions and services that incorporate the key principles of circular economy from the hardware to the operating system to the network to the business model.

An /e/OS Generic System Image (GSI) has been a long standing request from /e/OS users. In this article, we’ll share details about the official /e/OS GSI, which will be released soon.

We assume that the reader has an average knowledge of technical terms, as there are some peppered across this blog post. It would not be possible to explain all the terms and definitions, though we have attempted to keep the narrative as simple as possible.

Before we jump headlong into sharing details on the /e/OS GSI, let us first understand what a GSI or Generic System Image is.


73% of internet connections are made from a smartphone. A safer internet starts with a private environment to browse, communicate, share and shop.

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Today is the 18th edition of Safer Internet Day with actions taking place right across the globe.

This day has become a global landmark event to raise awareness and expose risks around online issues and promote best practices for a safe online experience for all.

As the Covid-19 pandemic has made apparent, society as a whole is more connected than ever. We use the internet for everything from education to buying our groceries.

According to recent studies, smartphones have become the go to device to access the internet, taking the lead over desktops and other devices.

Here’s why & what you can do to keeps yours safe

According to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), personal data is understood as “any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person”, be it directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier, such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to his or her physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.

What does that mean concretely?

That any kind of data coming from an “online identifier” such as ID cookies or from your smartphones is considered personal data.

Since we use our smartphones…

As you know, the open source mobile operating system /e/OS is a fork of the Android Open Source Project, and several open source applications, such as our default apps Etar (calendar), OpenTasks, and QKSMS (SMS) to name a few.

We are overall very satisfied with the functionalities of these software applications, and their contribution to /e/OS. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the developers and contributors to these projects!

However, the diverse origins of these bricks, which were not designed according to common graphical user interface standards, very often result in a lack of homogeneity between apps and…

Just a few months ago, we released our Easy Installer, a ready to use solution that allows users to install /e/ OS on any supported device in a matter of minutes. The Easy Installer is perfect for a vast majority of users who care about their privacy but don’t have the technical skills to flash a smartphone, thus making /e/OS a viable option for many new users who were previously sidelined.

It’s a fully integrated software application, available for Linux and Windows and compatible currently with the Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, S7 Edge, S8, S9, and S9+.

With the Easy…

A conversation with its developer : Marvin Wißfeld

According to Statista, more than 3,5 billion people use a phone with Google’s Android operating system daily.

In just over than 10 years, Android has become the undisputed mobile operating system market leader with over 75% market share.

The Fairphone 3 is getting an upgrade & we’re sharing the roadmap to its availability with /e/OS.

In May, when we announced our partnership with Fairphone, we were very proud to present an integrated version of /e/OS for the Fairphone 3. The combination of the FP3’s unique modularity, built to be repairable, affordable spare parts and ethical sourcing, and our privacy-by-design operating system is one of a kind, making it most likely the first privacy conscious and sustainable phone on the market.

/e/ and Fairphone partnership banner with the Fairphone 3

This collaboration has been a hit since day one, thanks to the support of our two dedicated communities.

In this article, we look behind the scenes to understand how the team at /e/OS works!
For those who have not been following up on the developments in the smartphone OS world, /e/ OS is a de-googled, privacy-focused, android-based smartphone operating system. The project is the brain child of Gaël Duval, the man who created Mandrake Linux. /e/OS is forked from LineageOS.
The team did not just stop with the forking. First, they removed the Google calls which were spread all over the source code. Next, they replaced several of the default apps and added FOSS replacements. With a…

The PineBook is an affordable laptop based on the AllWinner CPU, made by Pine64, a US-based company. The 11.6″ notebook is powered by the Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-Bit Processor. Lightweight and ‘hackable’ it is equipped with a full-sized keyboard. It also has a large multi-touch trackpad. It runs numerous mainline Linux distributions as well as *BSDs and Android. One of its non technical advantages is that it is super affordable!!

Several weeks back the folks at Pine64 sent over a laptop to the development team at /e/. …

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