‘Eelo’ a new open-source alternative for smartphones
Gael Duval, a former Linux developer and creator of now defunct but once hugely popular Mandrake Linux, has developed an open-source version of Android that is not connected to Google. Dubbed as ‘eelo’ that uses only free and open source software (FOSS), this will be an open source, non-profit project that will aim to free users from tech corporates like Google and Apple. Basically, just a fork on LineageOS, an open source Android distribution, eelo will be more than just a mobile operating system and have its own associated web-services such as email, cloud storage and online office tools. It will focus greatly on personal data and privacy. The team has already started working on a prototype of its mobile OS that features the newly developed BlissLauncher 2. There’s a Kickstarter campaign for those who are interested in supporting the project.