Security & privacy focused AOSP fork CalyxOS releases sources on Gitlab
The repository for CalyxOS, the new security and privacy focused operating system from The Calyx Institute, has been released on Gitlab.
The project is being developed by well known Android developers Chirayu Desai (LineageOS) andTorsten Grote (Briar secure messanger). While Hans Christoph Steiner (Guardian Project) is set to contribute. All these folks also work on FDroid which is built into CalyxOS.
CalyxOS is one of a new wave of alternative privacy respecting operating systems for Android devices that, unlike the previously available ROMs such as LineageOS and Cyanagenmod, retain all the complex and strong security features of AOSP. The small number of devices that support verified boot with an alternative operating system, limits this new wave to so far only supporting Googles Pixel phones.
The CalyxOS repository shows support for the Pixel2, Pixel2XL, Pixel3 and Pixel3XL. There is also code confirming that support for the Mi A2 (jasmine sprout), Xiaomi's first Android One based device, is also set to be supported in the future.
CalyxOS will come with a setup wizard, that runs on first boot and presents a curated set of apps that users can install, without going online including-
DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser
MozillaNlpBackend (for use with microg)
Weather (SECUSO's privacy friendly weather app)
CalyxOS looks set to also leverage the auditor and remote attestation from GrapheneOS. This set up provides a comprehensive remote security audit, for phones with a locked bootloader, every time the phone is started.