Pro­pri­etary soft­ware is pure evil, so some peo­ple say. It de­nies you own­er­ship of some­thing you’ve paid money for, hides the true na­ture of the soft­ware, and en­ables spy­ing, back­doors, and se­cu­rity holes to prop­a­gate without the user’s knowl­edge. While some of that is still pos­si­ble with open source, the chances of it hap­pen­ing are much re­duced. To try to bring open source to An­droid, a sys­tem was created called

F-Droid, avail­able from

You can in­stall this on stan­dard An­droid and LineageOS, as long as you en­able “Un­known Source” within the Se­cu­rity set­tings. Then down­load and in­stall the APK from the web­site. F-Droid at­tempts to be an open-source repos­i­tory, of­fer­ing freed soft­ware to any­one will­ing to in­stall it. The qual­ity and range of open­source soft­ware avail­able has come on a long way in re­cent years, and if you’re look­ing for a sys­tem tool, or some­thing a lit­tle more cre­ative, it’s a good place to stop and look for soft­ware that at least re­spects your rights as a user. We’re not ex­pect­ing you to dump the Google Play Store, but F-Droid of­fers an al­ter­na­tive source of An­droid soft­ware that you can trust.

Aworld­of­freed­soft­wareis anin­stall­away­withF-Droid.

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