I have blocked connections to Google all across my firewall for privacy reasons.
Now, I would like to start coding an open source android app with no tracking etc. involved.
But I would like to do that programming as privacy friendly as possible as well - therefore I need a privacy friendly set-up but it seems like that there is no real solution around or at least no one has ever done some research on it.
I am using Linux and don’t want to get the necessary libraries from Google.com and I also don’t want that my IDE establishes a connection to it.
My tests so far:
Getting Linux BBQ as it’s considered the developer edition and has a pre-installed Android Studio on it - connection to get the libraries is required…
Looking for an IDE with built-in support (just came across IntellJ and Eclipse but both also need a plugin which is only available at Google)…
Also saw that there is a command-line-tool for converting java code to .apk but again it seems like it’s only available at Google incl. giving them access to my command line…
Right now I am out of solutions.
Maybe someone here can help out? As a lot of IDEs and Projects are Open Source there must be some workaround for it.
Basically fdroid process relies on python (and curl), but I wasn’t seduced by vagrant & virtualbox (slowness & complexity).
Conversely using QubeOS on an usb ssd disk gave me the right tool : fast with disposable fdroid(debian) template plus all other benefits of QubesOS, without the need of vagrant & virtualbox.
I also believed there are a lot of potential Windows devs which doesn’t want to break their PC setup and could be pleased with a stand-alone usb QubesOS.
Unfortunately I upgraded my processor and my usb QubesOS doesn’t boot anymore (once broken, there is no way to recover QubesOS)… I may give another try soon or later, but the usb QubesOS installation was very tricky (mbr?, legacy?..)