So I just found out about F-Droid. I was super excited, was being the key here.
What a disaster the process has been. I’m a big support of digital privacy and of open source software. I go out of my way to use OSS whenever I can, even if it means less features or more work to get going.
I’ve never had an experience like this though. I want to be clear here, I know this much about F-Droid from about 30 mins of reading. It should allow me to download OSS apps for my phone.
So with that in mind I scanned the QR code, opened the link and waited, and waited, waited until it timed out. I couldn’t download the app with the QR code!
So I clicked the Download F-Droid link on my computer and the apk downloaded. So I entered the link in my phone’s browser and got the App installed.
Excitedly I launched the App and was presented with:
No recent app found
Once your list of apps has been updated the latest app should show here.
So I click on Categories and got “No categories to display”
I went back to Latest and swiped down
Got an updating repositories notice
waited and waited some more.
Then I got a message about not being able to download some file. The message vanished to quickly.
I tried a few times and got nothing. I search the forum and Google and didn’t find an answer. Eventually I got a list of Apps but is this what the F-Droid experience is like? Cause well it’s making me question whether I want this experience or not.