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TWIF 17: The reproducible builds and encrypted e-mail edition

This Week In F-Droid 17, Week 33, 2018

In this edition: Voting on Fennec icon, Mattermost advocacy, USB/SD card swap demonstrated, fixing OsmAnd~, Featured badge, using custom ROMs, and integrating F-Droid with the fediverse. In apps, Tutanota is in and the reproducible builds Öffi and Briar finally dropped.

TWIF 16: The note-taking todo text editor edition

This Week In F-Droid 16, Week 32, 2018

In this edition: Fixing nearby swap, download link broken and fixed again, a flaky build cycle, 3000 Mastodon followers, and Tutanota and Rocket Chat coming soon.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android...

TWIF 15: Announcing F-Droid 1.3

This Week In F-Droid 15, Week 31, 2018

In this edition: Releasing F-Droid 1.3, building Briar reproducibly and F-Droid shirts now available.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store...

TWIF 14: The Reproducibly Stuck Edition

This Week In F-Droid 14, Week 30, 2018

In this edition: Improved app descriptions in the repository, testers for beta 5 welcome, and reproducible builds still stuck.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well...

TWIF 13: Public Transport Edition

This Week In F-Droid 13, Week 29, 2018

In this edition: Öffi released as open source, Transportr 2.0 released, better app descriptions and that annoying bug that causes updates to keep reappearing has been fixed in the latest alpha.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 28

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 27

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 26

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 25

This week hastily compiled by Bubu. I probably missed things.

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 24

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 23

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 22

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 21

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 20

F-Droid is a repository of verified free and open source Android apps, a client to access it, as well as a whole “app store kit”, providing all the tools needed to set up and run an app store. It is a community-run free software project developed...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 19

F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates on your device. This post lists notable things that happened in and around F-Droid this past...

This Week in F-Droid, Week 18

Hi everyone! You have been telling us you liked the first #twif, so have another!

F-Droid is an installable catalogue of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) applications for the Android platform. The client makes it easy to browse, install, and keep track of updates...

This Week in F-Droid

Hi everyone! This is a little experiment triggered by the Matrix Project starting their own TWIM (This Week In Matrix), who in turn stole the idea off TWIR (This Week In Rust). Therefore, we now give you the first trial TWIF!

F-Droid is an installable

Liberapay, a fully free Donation Platform

Recently F-Droid has gained support for Liberapay, a fully free donation platform aimed at software projects. Liberapay itself is fully free and open source software focusing on recurrent donations to software projects. These recurrent donations are important for the...

Website Updates

There have been a couple of important updates to this website. First, a longstanding complaint about this website is that there is only prominent donation buttons for F-Droid itself, and not for the apps. We want to support as many app developers as possible, so the app pages have been...

F-Droid presentation at the Linux.conf.au 2018 conference

In Sydney, New South Wales on Monday 22 January through to Friday 26 January, Linux.conf.au, the Australian Linux conference took place.

F-Droid’s Peter Serwylo was there Thursday, 25 Jan, presenting his “F-Droid: The private, secure, free and open app store for Android”.

The 45 minutes long talk covers how...

Fairphone Open ships F-Droid Privileged Extension!

Fairphone has taken a big step towards making a fully free Android phone! They already have Fairphone Open, an alternate version of Android that does not include any proprietary apps. The built-in Fairphone Updater makes it really easy to switch a Fairphone away from the Google Android version...

Upcoming Security Audit

We have started the process of the second security audit of the F-Droid setup. The audit will be conducted by Radically Open Security, which is a natural partner for F-Droid since they share our focus on free software and open processes. Once we receive the results and have addressed...

New Collaborations on Exposing Tracking

Since 2010, the F-Droid community has been working to provide only 100% verified Free Software, and to make apparent all forms of tracking, advertising, and “anti-features” commonly found in apps. F-Droid provides a complete app ecosystem where users are actively notified of tracking and advertising in the apps, and...

F-Droid and the Janus Vulnerability

The Janus vulnerability has sprung forth unto the Android world, and we have sprung into action to keep it far away.

First off, f-droid.org, guardianproject.info/fdroid and apt.izzysoft.de/fdroid were scanned for possible Janus exploits and none were found. f-droid.org’s greatest protection against...

Publishing a nightly builds repo with GitLab or Travis CI

Having users run “nightly” builds is a great way to get rapid feedback on current development activities. One key way to get this kind of feedback is to make it as easy as possible for people to install the nightly builds, and to keep updated. The F-Droid tools now let...

F-Droid is 1.0!

October 10th, 10-10, is the perfect day to announce F-Droid 1.0! After 7 years and the last year of intense development, we are ready to call the F-Droid ecosystem ready for prime time. We think that F-Droid is mature enough and ready for all users.

With 60+ languages, 100+ contributors,...

How F-Droid is Bringing Apps to Cuba

Only in 2015, when the government opened the first public WiFi hotspots in the country, did internet access become available to ordinary Cubans. Before that, even though modern mobile phones had already found their way into the country, they were mostly used off-line. Now, all these...

Announcing new libraries: F-Droid Update Channels

In order to complete the F-Droid distribution ecosystem, we are introducing F-Droid Update Channels. It is a suite of libraries for apps to find updates, no matter from where it was originally downloaded. In many parts of the world, it is very common to get Android APKs outside of...

A new UX 6 years in the making

F-Droid has been a part of the Android ecosystem for over 6 years now. Since then, over 2000 apps have been built for the main repository, many great features have been added, the client has been translated into over 40 different languages, and much more.

However, the F-Droid UX...

Sailing into a new decade of discussions

We are excited to announce the release of the new official F-Droid forum: forum.f-droid.org.

We have been working hard to revise the website in order to make it easier to modernize, accept contributions, and internationalise. The main part of this is switching the underlying technology from WordPress to...

F-Droid supports APK Expansion Files aka OBB

Many games, mapping, and other apps require a large amount of data to work. The APK file of an Android app is limited to 100MB in size, yet it is common for a single country map file to be well over 100MB. Also, in order to get users running as...

Client 0.102 released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.102 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

These are the changes since 0.101:

  • Optionally keep install history
  • Optionally let repositories request installs...

Client 0.101 released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.101 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

These are the changes since 0.100:

  • Support for Android 2.2 is dropped, 2.3.3 or later...

Client 0.100 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.100 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

These are the changes since 0.99.2:

  • Ability to download apps in the background
  • Significant performance...

Get it on F-Droid badges

Get it on F-Droid

If your app is available on F-Droid, you can now add a “Get it on F-Droid” badge to your website or markdown README file following these instructions.

For more information, see the new F-Droid artwork repo on...

Client 0.99 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.99 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

These are the changes since 0.98.1:

  • Add simple “Use Tor” setting.
  • Enable TLS v1.2 for...

Client 0.98.1 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.98.1 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This is a maintenance release, with the following fixes since 0.98:

  • Fix crash when entering...

Client 0.98 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.98 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

These are the changes since 0.97:

  • Add opt-in crash reporting via ACRA
  • Add support for...

Client 0.97 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.97 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This is a maintenance release, with the following changes from 0.96.1

  • Add option to prompt...

Client 0.96.1 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.96.1 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This is a maintenance release, with the following changes from 0.96

  • Fix crash when updating...

Client 0.96 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.96 is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This is a maintenance release, with the following changes from 0.95.1

  • Move the repo index...

Client 0.95.1 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.95.1, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This is a maintenance release, with the following changes from 0.95:

  • Disable prompt to install...

Client 0.95 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.95, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.92:

  • Start porting UI to Material Design, including a new launcher icon
  • ...

Client 0.92 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.92, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.91:

  • Make swap only in portrait mode to prevent crashes and issues...

Client 0.91 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.91, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.88:

  • Don’t request the “Write to external storage” permission on 4.4 and...

Client 0.88 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.88, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.83:

  • Show list of apps in the update notification (on devices with...

Client 0.83 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.83, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.78:

  • Fix possible crashes when installing or uninstalling apps.
  • Fix issue that...

Client 0.78 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.78, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.76:

  • Compatibility with Android 5.0 has been implemented. In the previous release,...

Client 0.76 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.76, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.66:

  • Added “local repo” support to host an F-Droid repo on the...

F-Droid at RMLL

RMLL

The 15th Libre Software Meeting, RMLL Montpelier 2014 takes place in France from the 5th to the 11th of July and F-Droid will be there.

...

Client 0.66 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.66, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.63:

  • Fixed a crash on startup for devices with more than 500...

Client 0.63 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.63, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.58:

  • Support for Network Service Discovery of local FDroid repos on Android...

Client 0.58 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.58, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.55:

  • Icons are now downloaded with a resolution that matches the device’s...

F-Droid at FOSDEM

FOSDEM 2014 is coming up on the 1st and 2nd of February, in Brussels.

F-Droid developer Daniel Martí will be giving a talk about the project on Sunday 2nd at 10am. See the talk details on the FOSEDEM site for more...

Client 0.55 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.55, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This is a minor update to the 0.54 release, with the following changes:

  • Fixed problems...

Client 0.54 released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.54, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.50:

  • New options on the App Details screen to ignore all future...

F-Droid Talk – Catalonia

On Saturday the 9th of November, F-Droid developer Daniel Martí will be giving a talk entitled “Distribution of Free Software applications on Android”. The talk will present F-Droid, the software the project produces, and the services it offers. It will be mainly aimed at the generic Android user, who...

Client 0.50 released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.50, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.46:

  • New basic app sharing functionality.
  • Handle f-droid.org web repo as well...

Second F-Droid Workshop in Berlin

Following the success of the first F-Droid Workshop in Berlin, there will be another this weekend.

The workshop is aimed at developers and advanced users – if...

F-Droid Workshop – Berlin

F-Droid Workshop – learn how to include new apps into the repository.

  • When? Saturday the 3rd of August, 2PM – 5PM
  • Where? IN-Berlin (http://in-berlin.de/space)
  • Who? Daniel Martí – F-Droid developer

The workshop is aimed at developers and advanced users – if you know how to...

Client 0.46 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.46, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.45:

  • Worked around a bad interaction with Google App Verification (relevant only...

Client 0.45 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.45, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.42:

  • Fixed a bug where repository update checks could happen more frequently...

Client 0.42 Released

The latest release of the F-Droid Repository Client, version 0.42, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Main changes since 0.38:

  • New option to launch installed applications directly from the client.
  • Improved...

Client 0.38 Released

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.38, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Changed since 0.33:

  • Enhanced descriptions, including better formatting possibilities, external links, and direct links between...

Client 0.33 Released

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.33, is now available. You can download it from the home page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Changed since 0.31:

  • Update notifications take you straight to the updates tab.
  • Various performance improvements...

Client 0.31 Released

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.31, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

Changed since 0.28:

  • Fixed a bug in the French translation that caused a crash if...

Client 0.28 Released

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.28, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

The main changes in this release are:

  • New Categories within the client for What’s New...

Security Notice – TextSecure

Unfortunately, the TextSecure application is now deleted from the repository.

Previous versions of this have a serious security flaw. One feature of the software is that all SMS messages sent and received are stored in an encrypted database. However, due to an apparent oversight by the developer, all...

Repository Client 0.25

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.25, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This is a minor update release, with lots of translation updates and various small user interface...

Repository Client 0.24

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.24, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This release fixes a problem that caused notifications of updates to your installed applications to not...

Andor’s Trail

Andor’s Trail is a classic RPG. Your brother, the Andor of the title, has disappeared, and via a series of interlinked quests your job is to find...

Repository Client 0.23

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.23, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have...

Repository Client 0.22

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.22, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

This release contains numerous minor fixes and user interface improvements, but the main changes since...

Repository Client 0.21

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.21, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

The main changes since the previous release are:

  • Donate option – for applications...

FOSDEM Schedules

It seemed like a shame that although there are two choices of FOSS application to keep track of the busy FOSDEM schedule on your phone, you were...

Repository Client 0.20

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.20, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

The main changes since the previous official release are:

  • Signed repository index. Although...

Repository Client 0.17

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.17, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

The main changes since the previous version are:

  • Search – this has started to...

Sokoban

No prizes for guessing that Sokoban is an implementation of the classic game Sokoban. Unless you’ve never heard of it of course. I’ll assume that’s the case,...

Repository Client 0.14

The latest release of the FDroid Repository Client, version 0.14, is now available. You can get it from the repository page or, if you already have an earlier version installed, just update.

The main changes since the previous version are:

  • Background updating of the repository index,...

ConnectBot

ConnectBot is an essential tool for the sysadmin on the move, or the stationary sysadmin on the beach. It’s a fully functional SSH client packed with useful features,...

The Donate Pledge

A while back I read about the Paid App Pledge over at Android Guys. I didn’t want to sign up to that – the last thing I want to do is encourage more hidden source code.

The intention is a good one though – encouraging more high...

Missile Intercept

Missile Intercept is a game modelled on the classic Missile Command, complete with retro-style graphics. You’re defending three cities at the bottom of the screen from destruction...

F-Droid Repository Alpha

Following on from the earlier post (read first if you don’t know what this is about), you can now try an alpha release of the software. There’s a lot of planned functionality still missing, but it’s fully functional and useful.

MathDoku

I’ll start by saying that I hate Sudoku, it always struck me as very tedious, and I’ve never heard of KenKen, the variation on which this game is...

F-Droid Repository Vapourware

The observant amongst you will have noticed the “and more” in this site’s tagline. I thought I’d write a little bit of an introduction to that side of things, since I’ve briefly mentioned it to various people already anyway.

The plan is to implement something that’s sorely missing...

StatusNet Mobile

This is the official client for StatusNet microblogs, including the popular Identi.ca.

On one hand I expected great things from this, because it comes direct from StatusNet’s...

NetCounter

NetCounter is a simple but effective application to keep track of your data usage. It counts cell and wi-fi data separately and displays a summary of both in...

gvSIG Mini

There are plenty of options for mapping on Android, including the virtually ubiquitous Google Maps. However, none of them are even in the same league as gvSIG Mini.

...

FBReader

Yesterday we looked at real books so today it’s the turn of e-books. FBReader is an e-book reader based on the desktop application of the...

Book Catalogue

It’s hard to know how to start a review of an application with a name so descriptive you know exactly what it is from the title. The standard...

Beem

Settings Screen

Beem is an XMPP client which, as yet, offers a fairly basic range of options but is under active development. There are a few quirks...

MythMote

If you use MythTV (and if not, why not?) then you need MythMote. It’s a remote control that communicates with all your MythTV front ends over the...

LifeSaver 2

LifeSaver 2 is a simple but very useful app that backs up your call log and SMS messages to your SD card, and allows you to restore them later. This is useful for general everyday backups, as a means of exporting this data in an easy format for...

Permissions

Following on from yesterday’s article about app permissions, here’s some more practical help in the form of an app that lets you review the permissions you’ve granted to everything that’s currently installed.

Connect Your Charger

I always think popping up a “Battery Low – Connect Your Charger” message is a very thoughtless thing to do, and with battery life being what it is it’s something I get to think about quite a lot.

For one thing, if I was able to connect my...

No such thing as a free beer?

Ars technica is reporting on a study that reveals that, unbeknownst to the user, some Android apps are sending personal information such as telephone numbers and GPS coordinates off to unknown recipients. The only surprising thing here is that anyone is surprised.

When we talk about FOSS...

K-9 Mail

Yes, master!Everyone needs an email client, and unfortunately the stock Android client is very poor indeed – presumably because most of the development focus was on the GMail app. Luckily for those that don’t use GMail, or use...

F-Droid Is Here

F-Droid is dedicated to Free and Open Source (FOSS) software on the Android platform. Here you will find news, reviews and other features covering all things Android and software-freedom related.