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F-Droid Privileged Extension for Android

0.2.13 Apache-2.0

Services to allow F-Droid to securely install and update apps

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0.2.13 (2130)
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F-Droid Privileged Extension app

Note: F-Droid requires root privileges to install Privileged Extension
as a system "priv-app".

https://www.openapk.net/f-droid/org.fdroid.fdroid/ can make use of system privileges or permissions
to install, update and remove applications on its own. The only way to
obtain those privileges is to become a system app.

This is where the Privileged Extension comes in - being a separate app
and much smaller, it can be installed as a system app and communicate
with the main app via AIDL IPC.

This has several advantages:

* Reduced disk usage in the system partition
* System updates don't remove F-Droid
* The process of installing into system via root is safer

Instead of this build, most users will want to install the
"Over-The-Air" (OTA) update ZIP file is called
https://www.openapk.net/f-droid/org.fdroid.fdroid/.privileged.ota. This is here to update
Privileged Extension when it has been installed using the OTA ZIP.

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