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@jsummer wow this is cool, haven't heard of slim launcher. It looks fantastic!

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@jsummer You will need to manually update the apps if you download them through your browser.

But Aurora Store has an update page in their app that will check the apps for you.

APKPure and Aptoide both have their own app stores but they contain trackers. Same as their websites. Some viruses could slip past their servers and be uploaded for people to download. But trusting a APK website/app is at your own risk.

Use Exodus privacy to scan apps for trackers since MOST apps have trackers.

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@jsummer Use F-Droid and Aurora Store as your app stores. Aurora store has issues for me most of the time, but its the best when it works.

Don't use APKPure or Aptoid because they use lots of trackers that aren't very friendly.

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@jsummer Questions are always a good way to learn. 🙂

Partially yes. The thing is that many apps need Google services to run at all. It's not only the Play Store but several services in the background.

That's when alternatives like MicroG kick in. But you have no guarantee that your apps will work.

I personally use F-Droid as a Play Store alternative. F-Droid only lists FOSS apps which doesn't need Play Servcies.

There are other alternatives available, but I personally don't trust them.

Posting a lot of questions here.. hope no one minds haha. I just found out about APK's. If I download APK's from a trusted source, can I basically ditch the Play Store?

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@jsummer Ok, for maximum privacy Qubes OS is worth a look, but read through the hardware requirements carefully.
Tails might also be worth a look. It's designed to always run as a live environment.

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@jsummer What would be your main objective for switching?

Ubuntu is based on Debian. Qubes OS is very special and needs explicit hardware.

After all, you can do almost the same things with all those distros with some restrictions on Debian (because not all applications are available).

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@jsummer personally I enjoy Ubuntu for my fun machine and Qubes for my work.

Debian is also fun however some packages can be dated if you don't use the testing branch.

Qubes is a very usable system as long as you follow their hardware comparability list. I have it installed on an old Optiplex 990 with am i7-2600, 16gb ram, 256 GB ssd and it runs like a dream.

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@jsummer
Fedora is legit, if you do gaming Qubes is nkt for you since it can't pass graphic card through dom0 afaik. Fedora or some ubuntu, I use kubuntu

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@jsummer
I don't know what powerman is, never got prompt to install it. Check for right package name by: pm list packages, then you can grep specific name if you want to

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@jsummer
Try it like this:
>Enter shell by entering in terminal: adb shell
>List packages by entering: pm list packages
>Remove package by entering:
pm uninstall -k --user 0 <name of package>
>Repeat ^ for other packages

This is how I did it, it should work

Currently running Ubuntu but wondering if I should make the switch to Qubes OS, or Fedora, or Debian. Debian looks pretty great~

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@jsummer
You need first adb packages, if you are on debian based linux just type: sudo apt install adb

You also need to enable developer tools on your phone for all this to work

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@jsummer That's great! I'm glad. I hope you'll support many of the artists you love with it. And, of course, if you need music recommendations, do ask. After all, I know these things best, everyone else is wrong. :P

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Some kids just dialed up my condo and asked if I need a sofa.

I said no, and they said "Open up then, we'll take it."

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@jsummer
Depending on your phone, it might be baked into the ROM. You could reflash a vanilla ROM

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@jsummer what phone is it? Is it an unlocked model from the factory? Or a carrier model?

Check if your phone model has a custom ROM available from lineage or omnirom

omnirom.org/

lineageos.org/

Remember to backup your data and DONT FORGET TO DOWNLOAD THE FACTORY ROM JUST INCASE

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