I have been using an Android phone for about 6 years now. I have been using GNU/Linux exclusively since 1998. Hence, the desire to have a phone that provided me with the same freedom and flexibility has been very strong.
Unfortunately, a few months back I realised how I had accepted a life where I could have complete freedom and privacy on my computer but was content with having almost none on my phone. I was surprised at how I was ready to tolerate proprietary software (and evil practices) on my phone when I would never install or use such software on my computer.
This is an account of that introspection and my reasons to take various steps to have more freedom and privacy while still using Android on my phone.
The Swantantra conference on Free Software is a rather unique conference organised by ICFOSS in Trivandrum. Its unique because of the extremely rich discussion that it creates around the ideology of software freedom, rather than the technology. I was fortunate to be a part of this conference in multiple ways in December 2017. And this is a short account of the same.
I took some time off on Friday to visit the India Electronics Week (IEW). And it was a wonderful experience to meet up with a whole lot of excited, purposeful and well-meaning people. This is a small write-up about some of the people I met and some observations I made. I intend to write in detail about some of my discussions.