With Apple no longer a viable stopgap as a mainstream platform that protects your privacy, what choices do we have?

Are the free/open alternatives ready or are we asking folks to make tradeoffs between security and privacy (can you have privacy without security? Not really. Although security doesn’t imply privacy either). And what about the FOSS elephant in the room: accessibility?

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@aral Tough one indeed. One could wonder why the mainstream, as you call it, believed in Apple's privacy claims in the first place :blobthinkingeyes:

On a more optimistic note, FOSS can be part of the answer. Recent projects such as CalyxOS, LineageOS, GrapheneOS or the Pinephone have taken a huge leap forward.

And while more improvements are certainly needed in terms of accessibility, it would be a mistake to push those initiatives aside.


@don_atoms See ar.al/notes/apple-vs-google-on

And while I stand by every word of that, I also stand by every word of “no trillion-dollar corporation is your friend.” I just thought we would have had longer before they caved into stronger pressures that affected their bottom line.

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@aral Cool, I didn't came across this piece yet, thanks for sharing! As always, you were a few steps ahead of the pack.

Unfortunately for its customers, it looks like Apple chose to close the privacy chapter - despite the competitive advantage this provided over Google.

Don't know if that makes an idiot out of Tim Cook. Or if Samson will start shaving his head every morning. Time will tell ;)

Meanwhile, let's go FOSS!

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