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The German Corona Warn App went live today. F-Droid cannot distribute the app for multiple reasons:

1) The core bluetooth contact tracing functionality is only implemented in Google play services and requires proprietary client libs to be included in the app.
2) The google api mentioned above is only available for use by apps which are whitelisted by google and distributed through the play store.

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F-Droid will soon have stricter requirements for apps showing up in the "Latest" tab in the F-Droid app:

news.f-droid.org/posts/2019-03

If you are an app developer consider adding good descriptions, screenshots and a "Whats's New" section for your app.

If you notice that your favourite app doesn't fulfill all these requirements consider notifying the app's developers or just help them with a merge request adding the missing info to the source repo.

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There's a new F-Droid client release candidate (v1.9). If you want to test this, you can update to it manually from the F-Droid client. (Browse to the app, expand the version list and install the 1.9 version, make sure your repository index is up-to-date beforehand)

Please report any issue you find.

server tools will remove the old .txt metadata file support in the next major release (2.0).

If you are a fdroid repository operator you should migrate to .yml metadata files.

You can do so right now by running:

`fdroid rewritemeta --to yml`

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Does anyone happen to know where the source code of the Android sdkmanager tool lives? I kind of need to hack on it.

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I've written a (long-ish) proposal to make #FDroid's latest view useful again: gitlab.com/fdroid/fdroidclient

Feel free to join in on that discussion if that interests you. I'd especially appreaciate input from people using F-Droid with a non-English locale.

There's some crazy internal US politics right now that threatens , who funded , , @torproject , , TLS ESNI/ECH, , , , , , , @guardianproject , @signalapp , and more. Looks like a couple proprietary software companies are trying to take over this money. Please sign on to the campaign to try to stop it: saveinternetfreedom.tech

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We've been asked if we could quickly implement new features in #Liberapay so that it could replace #Bountysource, which has been doing shady things. We can't and we don't want to. Encouraging people to pay for a specific issue to be solved is problematic, it creates bad incentives instead of providing stable funding for the proper maintenance and development of a project. If you still think bounties are a good idea, then you can try to revive freedomsponsors.org/

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The POP3 support in @k9mail is bad 😢 I'm putting on some band-aids now. But I'm pretty sure we'll remove support for it in the future.

If you're using a POP3 account with K-9 Mail, now is a good time to switch to IMAP or to start looking for a different email app.

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It is proven!

Android apps can be built using only standard packages from Debian Buster!

gitlab.com/Matrixcoffee/hello-

"This project helps to document the Android tools in Debian by providing an example build, and can serve as a base template for new projects for those who would like to develop Android apps using only truly Free and Open Source software."

Also of note, if you are a play store user but still get some apps from F-Droid, Play Store billing will stop working for apps in F-Droid:

xda-developers.com/f-droid-and

It seems that Google wants to make using app bundles a requirement for new apps on Google Play in 2021: youtube.com/watch?time_continu

This would mean developers have to upload their signing keys to google play even though there's no technical benefit in doing that. You can achieve the same efficient download sizes by using bundletool locally and uploading all generated apks. But it seems google will stop allowing that and just wants your signing keys.

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0.44.2 has been built and published by F-Droid.

You can now rename the devices in the main activity's list. That feature was often requested from people who manage multiple devices of the same type.

And thanks to your donations, we could buy a Amazfit Bip S and improve improve support for that device plus test contributions from the community. Thank you everyone!

For a full list of changes, read the changelog.
codeberg.org/Freeyourgadget/Ga

German Version:
Die wurde heute veröffentlich. DIe app kann es nicht bei F-Droid geben, da die Kernfunktionalität in den Google Play Services implementiert ist und proprietäre Bibliotheken in der App benötigt.
Außerdem erlaubt Google die Benutzung der Contact Tracing api nur speziell freigeschalteten Apps, die über den Play Store installiert worden sind.

The German Corona Warn App went live today. F-Droid cannot distribute the app for multiple reasons:

1) The core bluetooth contact tracing functionality is only implemented in Google play services and requires proprietary client libs to be included in the app.
2) The google api mentioned above is only available for use by apps which are whitelisted by google and distributed through the play store.

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ByteHamster wrote a blog post about supporting newer TLS versions on older Android devices. Read about possible solutions to this for the F-Droid ecosystem here: f-droid.org/2020/05/29/android

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