If I install Lineage OS on a phone that’s still supported, can I pretty much assume that I can then install f-droid? Also, before I take the plunge, how can I see what apps are available in f-droid?
Edit 1: I am also trying to understand what are typical things that people install after installing the OS? There are multiple “play store” like programs, right?
Edit2 (5/26/19): It seems as though there are “variations” of the ROMs. I came across LineageOS for microG. Are there others besides that?
You can install F-Droid on any Android system, since it’s a normal app. But if you have a custom ROM, then you most probably have a working custom recovery, and that enables you to integrate F-Droid with your system through the Privileged Extension, which comes quite handy.
You can take a look at the available apps at the website index: https://www.f-droid.org/en/packages/
Do note that the website is currently older, so old APKs (aka broken links) might be linked there.
Please use the F-Droid client to get the new apps and timely updates notifications.
If you have a Treble (Oreo/Pie) compatible device, check Phhusson gsi; I build the Microg flavor and FdroidPriviledgeClient is now included with upgradable official fdroid .102.3 fallback, plus all MicroG/F-Droid back-ends.
(To check if low cost devices are Treble compatible, try to use my https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.oF2pks.kalturadeviceinfos in shops before purchasing.)
I found these directly via https://fdroid.gitlab.io/fdroid-website/packages/
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