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I don't care about Google apps.
I don't use them. I don't want them.
They are proprietary.

DivestOS does not support Google apps.
DivestOS will not include microG or the GrapheneOS' Play Services sandbox.
Anyone is welcome to fork DivestOS for such if they desire.
Dec 21, 2021

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Views on DivestOS

Divested Computing "Group", Tad [Redacted] also known as SkewedZeppelin, IratePorcupine at GitLab, Subzer0Carnage at Reddit, SubzeroCarnage at Hacker News; Tavi, Ram-Rod Tikki, Rikki, Darzee, Olaf, and more in XMPP Multi-User Chats and elsewhere:


Downgraded to Avoid, from Maybe

May 5, 2023, update November 1, 2023, February 17, 2024, March 18 and 31 2024

TL;DR: The lone developer has been exhibiting more unstable behavior similar to their idol, Daniel Micay. This convinced me to give up and abandon DivestOS and Divested apps, completely. I cannot trust someone who is selling a product - an operating system and apps - by asking for donations to an individual, and suddenly decides to try to disguise their identity, without giving any explanation.

I was an early supporter of DivestOS from soon after it was announced at the F-Droid forums in June, 2020, until the DivestOS XMPP multi-user chat was over-run and manipulated by Daniel Micay (strcat, strncat, thestinger) and his brigade of followers and GrapheneOS fanatics, in November-December, 2022. After that, I lost my enthusiasm, to put it mildly. As a hobby "passion" project, DivestOS may have difficulty maintaining and sustaining, unless major donor support is obtained, although it has persisted for almost a decade so far.

I thought DivestOS was what I wanted on my phones, and I used it for a couple years. Now I've mostly switched to CalyxOS and good ole vanilla LineageOS, without Gapps, instead.

As of February 2024, one of my three oldest phones now runs PostmarketOS, and two others are mostly turned off until I install something else. I have un-installed ALL Divested apps.



Note 1:

I almost expect one day to see Tad [Redacted] say ( showing redirect to was the website for a successful small business. My recollection is Tad previously described it as something that never went anywhere. My recollection is Tad previously described his education and work background as not finishing high school, and only working non technical jobs. Maybe my recollection is inaccurate, or maybe Tad [Redacted] wasn't clear. I could dig out old MUC ceb files and retrieve the transcripts, but I won't. When you have concluded someone is untrustworthy, as I have about Tad [Redacted], it doesn't really matter precisely what they said back then versus what they say now. I note in the more recent version, quoted above, Tad [Redacted] does not say "I am a high school graduate". I also note in Tad [Redacted]'s resume the education and work experience sections were "Redacted for public release".

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