Why is a fully free software Android stack necessary?
We believe that freedom is an important end in itself — that software developers should respect the rights of users to share and modify the software they use. But the importance of freedom is made particularly evident by the example of Google G1/ADP1 (the first commercial Android phone). While most of the software running on the phone is free, and can be distributed by anyone, some components are proprietary.
In addition to the dispensable “Google Experience” applications, such as GMail and Google Maps, these components include several libraries and drivers necessary for interfacing with the phone’s hardware. (Here is a full list.) Since these components are not free software, the user community cannot redistribute them. And since some of them are necessary to make the phone work, the user community can’t share working firmwares.
Which devices are supported?
Take a look at our list of devices.
Do you have a “market” I could use to download free software applications?
Yes, it’s called F-Droid. It’s a GPLv2 client app that comes configured with a repository hosting only free as in freedom applications. You can help us by submitting your libre application for inclusion on our libre repository.