is an alternative form of the Android operating system, which works like a normal Android but has the Google-based apps removed.

It can be installed on Android smartphones to replace the Google version of Android.

It's *very* complicated to install, but if you're a tech expert, or you know an expert who can help you, you can download it from the official website:

The download links include installation instructions.

@switchingsocial to get google-free network/fused location and push notification support. Choose the microG LineageOS fork.
Installing official Gapps on LineageOS defeats the purpose.

@attero @switchingsocial As a microG user I have to say that using LineageOS with Gapps can be useful. Getting people to use a well-maintained and up-to-date Android version without bloat is definitly an improvement.
As much as I like microG, I wouldn't recommend it to non-technical users.

@lukas @attero @switchingsocial Once it is installed the "LineageOS for microG" version works great. Also for non-technical users. I mean, updates work and nothing else needs maintenance or so…

And installing LineageOS and "LineageOS for microG" is equally hard (or easy 😉).

@rugk @attero @switchingsocial Hm, you are right it isn't technically hard, but I am still having quite a trouble convincing other people to not use the play store, but use alternatives from f-droid instead or set up yalp or playmaker for the few required properitary apps.

Nevertheless it is probably by far the best mobile os there is at the moment (unfortunatly).

@lukas @attero @switchingsocial yeah, or Aurora Store. Then they've got an even better Google Play replacement, and I guess that is worth it. No setup required, just install and login – just as with Google Play.

So I am true to my word: Lineage/microG is, once setup, as easy to use as LineageOS with GApps, and as easy as any Stock ROM or so.

@switchingsocial Fortunately the docs are good. Brought new life to my bloatware infested Galaxy S4. Works like a charm with only FOSS apps and F-Droid.

@switchingsocial it's very useful expecially if you want to save older phone

"It's *very* complicated to install, "
Well, that counts me out.

@switchingsocial I'm still embedded in the Google ecosystem on other devices, but I've used LineageOS (and its predecessor CyanogenMod) to resurrect my old Galaxy S4 - twice! It's now functioning quite well as a backup phone with a kid's profile for camera, games, etc.

I'd like to use it on a 2015 vintage Galaxy Tab A, but there don't seem to be official images, which means I may need to figure out how to build it on my own.

> It's *very* complicated to install

YMMV – but the *install* is not that complicated: Download the ZIP, boot to recovery, select "install from sd card" and then the file, done. Preparations are sometimes a bit more tricky – especially when the manufacturer made unlocking the bootloader a pain. But the install?

@IzzyOnDroid @swedneck @switchingsocial the preparation counts. I haven't installed lineage, but I have flash new firmwares, and yeah, it's hard. At least on Samsung and Moto. I say this as someone who runs Debian Unstable at home, has a VPS, etc.

@kelly_clowers @swedneck @switchingsocial on my BQ it was a breeze, as the manufacturer literally hasn't put any hurdles. Just `fastboot oem unlock && fastboot flash recovery` (for TWRP), followed by what I wrote before. So the only hurdle is to have the `fastboot` binary working with your device. Never was a problem for me on Linux – but lazy Windows needs a driver for everything or it does nothing…

@IzzyOnDroid @kelly_clowers @switchingsocial IIRC my lenovo p2 was *almost* as easy, i had to wait 30 days for it to unlock the bootloader first.

Sadly lenovo removed the ability to unlock the bootloader on recently produced ones..

@swedneck @kelly_clowers @switchingsocial THAT is the real culprit. I never buy devices that are either unlockable (as your Lenovo, or newer Huaweis) – or require me to "subscribe" for an unlock code (Xiaomi, Motorola and some others).

If you have such a device, it can become difficult to impossible. Hence rather support manufacturers who make it easier, for their doing so. Like BQ. Big thumbs-up to them 👍

I've been running this for a little while on my Nexus 6P. It's quite nice except for the fact that it doesn't recognise my simcard :p

@switchingsocial I am using lineage. But I wouldn't have dared to install it without someone from helping me irl

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