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I think this is one of the threads on this (see below).

My take away was:

- it depends on how you use the phone (apps, etc)

- lineage has more fixes

- you risk to loose your banking apps if you root (for the sake of security, these apps do not like rooting), although there is a work around (but you need the skills).

- Problems with the stock android are less widespread that at the beginning of 2020 (there were a few updates since then); there are a lot of workaround to the problems identified. For me, the phone works fine with stock android (except no sticky shift option when typing, adjusting volumes during calls, and no phone call over wifi when the network is poor).



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I've tried LineageOS (Current OS), Stock, Sailfish, Ubuntu Touch.  All functioned fine each has its own pro's/con's as said above depends what you want .

It is better to just list the uses of the phone you need and choose OS based on that.

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Phone already rooted, did that the first day I got it. (This Monday)

I use it (in addition to the normal functions) as an ssh terminal, VPN connects to the office, backup the phone via rsync. 


I like new features, but prioritize stability and usability.

The general experience I have from custom ROMs is that they are a bit unstable, and stuff like the camera and so seldom work any good. 

But I'm this case it seems like maybe lineage is more stable than stock sw?


Running Lineage on my Galaxy note 4,mainly because I wanted to upgrade it to Android 8

did run cyanogenmod on an xperia some years ago 

Running Emteria on a Raspberry PI



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I have used Stock only very shortly. But as @OKSun wrote, its initial bugs are being sorted out. So If you are after the full 'as-Google-intended' Android experience (with all pros and cons attached), stock is probably what you want.

If you want an Android-like smartphone experience, but intend to use mostly FLOSS software, go for LineageOS (and best avoid installing Gapps et al.). This will allow you to use all Android apps listed on F-Droid plus many free ones from the Play Store (although most are not FLOSS). Some Apps relying on Google services may not run though, even with Gapps et al. installed. I use a rooted LineageOS with mostly FLOSS apps, combined with a Debian chroot that allows me to spawn a full-featured KDE5 desktop on-need. For me, this is the best combination as it allows me to, both, take advantage of many touch-optimized Android apps (on-the-go), as well as use the Pro1 as a down-sized laptop (when using Debian with the hardware keyboard).

If your are into GNU/Linux (as on the Desktop and Server), SailfishOS will give you an even more familiar experience. It (purposedly) does not copy most of the paradigms of Android and is much closer to a GNU/Linux as you would expect on your PC. I sympathise a lot with the general idea SFOS and I did try it on the Pro1. What drove me away was a seemingly trivial thing: neither SFOS itself nor the community repositories have a decent web browser. In a smartphone ecosystem - especially one rather lacking specialised apps for everything - that is, unfortunately, a no-go for me.

I read promising things about UBPorts, and would love to try it. But now that my Pro1 with LineageOS/DebianChroot runs so well, I will probably not wipe it any soon and have an opportunity to test that ...   

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