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Old 06-15-2020, 10:28 PM   #1
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Can I put another distro, besides Android, on my Tracfone ?


Can I put another distro, besides Android, on my Tracfone ?

Android is just too packed full of Google "stuff." I'm curious if I can use another distro on my phone, that will also work with Tracfone service ??
 
Old 06-16-2020, 02:13 AM   #2
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Having given NO INFORMATION AT ALL about the device in question, the answer is a resolute and solid "Maybe".
 
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Old 06-16-2020, 04:07 AM   #3
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Check out this link: https://itsfoss.com/open-source-alternatives-android/
 
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Old 06-16-2020, 06:41 AM   #4
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Can I put another distro, besides Android, on my Tracfone ?

Android is just too packed full of Google "stuff." I'm curious if I can use another distro on my phone, that will also work with Tracfone service ??
Tracfone has a lot of phones available. Which one are you using?

On most android phones it's possible to disable some Google apps. However, do a web search and see if you can root your phone and see if your phone is supported by a custom recovery, such as twrp. Then check out custom roms for your phone. These roms are usually Android but usually you can flash them without gapps(Google Apps).
 
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Old 06-16-2020, 02:33 PM   #5
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In theory one can install a new OS. In practice very few people can replace Android on any phone. Very few phones have been fully hacked to work with some different version. Almost zero chance one can install linux of any kind on a tracfone.
 
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Old 06-16-2020, 05:51 PM   #6
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You need to check out this guy; he's extremely informative and helpful about real-world-computer issues:

https://www.dedoimedo.com/index.html

and he's right into phones.
 
Old 06-16-2020, 07:33 PM   #7
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I second jefro.

It's highly unlikely you will be able to successfully install a Linux distro to a native Android device.

(I bricked a tablet trying to do so.)
 
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I second jefro.

It's highly unlikely you will be able to successfully install a Linux distro to a native Android device.

(I bricked a tablet trying to do so.)
Hope you were able to recover it to it's original state or else money is gone.
 
Old 07-03-2020, 10:27 PM   #9
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Hmmm, I wonder about a distro that is Android, but without all the Google stuff.

Like the #8. "/e/ (previously known as eelo" distro on this web page:

https://itsfoss.com/open-source-alternatives-android/

Again, must work with Tracfone/Safelink service.
 
Old 07-03-2020, 10:50 PM   #10
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one recent not good at all review i have read of e: https://itsfoss.community/t/eos-e-os...warning-1/4725
 
Old 07-04-2020, 04:15 AM   #11
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"without all that Google stuff" is a very unclear statement esp. when applied to an operating system that was created by Google.
Generally speaking, LineageOS is Android without "all that Google stuff", but there might still be some "Google stuff" in it. (Contradiction intentional)

Beyond that, my question from post #2 still stands.

Unfortunately, there's no list of devices and which custom ROMs exist for them, one needs to go from ROM to ROM and look at the list of supported devices.

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one recent not good at all review i have read of e: https://itsfoss.community/t/eos-e-os...warning-1/4725
That person is clearly confused. It talks about privacy issues and google apps interchangeably.
They clearly don't understand that many people want microG as a replacement for Google apps, but that using it means connecting to Google servers.
And that /e/ wants to offer an experience that is as similar as possible to that of a regular Android user without being locked into the Googleverse.
But one isn't forced to do that, it is possible to uninstall bloat from /e/.
I would argue that that person (and also our OP) would be better off installing LineageOS.
 
Old 07-04-2020, 02:44 PM   #12
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Wiki: https://wiki.termux.com
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Old 07-04-2020, 03:52 PM   #13
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@OP What is your device brand and model?
 
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