Removing a “missing” PPA

Running Update Manager resulted in an error message to the effect that a Personal Package Archive (PPA) for the Opera web browser, was missing and/or unavailable.

Now, since I switched from Opera to Vivaldi some time ago and uninstalled Opera, this message doesn’t really apply to my current system and is, therefore, simply an annoyance. However, eliminating any future occurrences of the error is simply a matter of disabling the relevant PPA in the list of repositories.

The offending entry was found under Update Manager – Edit – Software sources – Additional repositories. Unchecking the box next to this entry solved the “problem”.

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LineageOS 14.1 receiving OTA updates again!

I recently downloaded and installed the LineageOS 14.1 custom ROM (Nougat) developed by MSe1969 (see A Stable Custom ROM for the Moto G3). My rationale was that this is one of the few – the only one that have found – custom ROM’s that has a recent history of monthly updates with Google’s security patches.
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And in that very moment… a cock crowed

A bizarre consequence of installing the 14.1-20190810-UNOFFICIAL-oms-osprey (LineageOS 14.1) custom ROM proved to be that the timer in the clock app was set to use the Rooster Alarm sound file – and there didn’t seem to be anything that I could to the app to change this.
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OpenGapps Variants

One of the annoyances with certain versions of Android is its insistence on indicating that “You are running low on free space” and, in particular, refusing to update apps even when the available free space is much greater than the size of the update. Of course, this is mainly a function of the limited internal memory of my (now) ancient Moto G3 smartphone. But, even so, this senior citizen nominally has 8 GB of memory, and usually has at least 500 MB of free space (with tons more on the separate SDcard – which evidently doesn’t count!)
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A Stable Custom ROM for the Moto G3

The grand scheme for my Moto G3 2015 (osprey) smartphone was to use a custom ROM produced by an established team of developers (see: A new custom ROM for the Moto G3) proved to have short-lived success when no updates were forthcoming. So, the search was on for yet another – stable – custom ROM.
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Installation Process for an Android Custom ROM

Having performed a number of Custom ROM installations on my Moto G3 2015 (Osprey) smartphone, I think I now have the procedure nailed down. So, for my future reference, and for anyone else who may find these useful, the following are the steps involved in backing up an existing Android system and installing a custom ROM:
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A new custom ROM for the Moto G3

Recently, I became aware that no further updates were forthcoming for the LineageOS 14.1 (Android Nougat) installation on my Moto G3 smartphone. There also seems to be a dearth of information on the status of this ROM. The LineageOS web site simply no longer lists the Moto G3 as a supported device. However, the “Latest News” item on the web site (Changelog 22, dated March 01 2019) indicates: “Goodbye LineageOS 14.1 – The Nougat-based release has been discontinued and the last builds were published on February 7th, 2019.” So much for my stable Android OS and the associated security patches!
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