[guardian-dev] Our new F-Droid app repo

Nathan of Guardian nathan at guardianproject.info
Thu Mar 15 02:03:23 EDT 2012


For all of you out there looking for a safe way to find and download
apps outside of the Play Store (aka Android Market) or random, sketchy
third-party app stores and file sharing sites, then your wait is over:

The FDroid Repository is an easily-installable catalogue of FOSS
applications for the Android platform. The server contains the details
of multiple versions of each application, and the Android client makes
it easy to browse, install them onto your device, and keep track of updates.

In other words, F-Droid is like an app store for open-source. More
importantly, there is not just one “store”. Anyone can deploy their own
repositories of apps, or Repos, much like the way the Debian repo model

We’ve now begun creating our own hosted F-Droid compliant repo where we
can easily provide the latest greatest versions of all our apps. As we
update the apps, F-Droid should notify you and allow you to update
quickly and without hassle.

Quick Steps for using F-Droid with Guardian Project Repo

1) Installed the F-Droid Client app

2) Run the app and go to Menu > Manage Repos > New Repository

3) Enter: https://guardianproject.info/repo/

4) Optionally, disable the default repo if you just want GP apps

5) Return to the main screen, and Menu > Update

>From here you will see the “Available” tab for apps you don’t have the
“Installed” tab for apps you have the latest version of, and the
“Updates” tab for apps you have, but that are not up to date.

You can open each app by browsing and selecting them, and then via Menu
options, choose to install them, or access their websites, source code
links, or issue tracking pages.

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