Custom ROM List

Last update : 10/5/2021

- Introduction -

- AOSP-based -

Android Ice Cold Project
AOSiP (Android Open Source Illusion Project)
ArrowOS
Calyx OS
CarbonROM
ColtOS
HavocOS
NitrogenOS
OmniROM
Potato Open Sauce Project
Pixys OS
ReloadedOS
RevengeOS
Stag OS

- Lineage-based -

LineageOS
LineageOS microG
/e/OS
crDroid
LuisROM

- Ground Zero-based -

BaikalOS

- CAF-based -

- Pixel / Pixel-based -

Pixel Experience
Evolution-X
PixelDust
Paranoid Android
Descendant
Hornbill OS
Wave OS
Pixel Extended
Spice OS

- Limbo -

AncientROM
AOSPExtended
Awaken OS
BlissRoms
CorvusOS
Cygnus OS
DerpFest
Dot OS
Fluid OS
Kang OS
Kraken Project
MSM-Xtended
Nusantara Project
Octavi OS
Project Sakura
Resurrection Remix
Superior OS

- Other untested -

Graphene OS

- Untested ROMs you must avoid -

Copperhead OS
GlassROM
MoKee
ZenXOS
Stock ROM Ports

- Dead ROMs

AIM-ROM
Bootleggers ROM
Dirty Unicorns
Ground Zero Open Source Project
Lineage-X
Liquid Remix
ValidusOS

- Generic System Image -

Introduction

Previously, I made a custom ROM list. It worked kinda fine, until Android 10 dropped & devs started cooking up A10 builds. That, in turn, also rendered my previous list useless as it caters only to Pie users. That, in turn, gave me reason to remake the list. For those who'd like to see the mess, here's that link.

Yes, it's still nutshelled, and still invalid for those who build / compile their own ROMs.

I have also made the baseline rules for this list, which can be seen here. I also have a blogpost that explains some added "JavaScript has to be enabled" stuff.

The purpose of this list

This list is meant to document the ROMs that I've used. It's never meant to tell anyone which ROM is best, let alone to disrespect the developers & maintainers of custom ROMs.

AOSP-based ROM

The most common base for all custom ROMs. Technically, all custom ROMs are AOSP based, but some, like Lineage, adds some extra stuff to the base, such as additional patches, features, etc.

Android Ice Cold Project

A customization-oriented ROM hailing back from 2012.

Based on GZOSP for Android Pie, now they've rebased to AOSP with some LineageOS additions.

Personal remarks : This ROM has some of the most dangerous user-facing "features". I hope AICP developers remove these "features", allow them to be hidden under the user's controls, or, at the very least, move those "features" into a root-dependent user-app. Until that happens, please don't use AICP.

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Availability: Pie, A10 (Discontinued); A11

AOSiP (Android Open Source Illusion Project)

AOSP-based custom ROM with the most badass boot-animation. On Pie, there's a fatal lack of font engine to improve the badassery, but it got fixed on A10.

Personal remarks: I'll repeat this as much as I must: this ROM has the best boot-animation IMO.

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Availability: Pie (Discontinued); A10

ArrowOS

AOSP/CAF-based ROM with tidied-up settings & enforced Vanilla/GApps distribution, aiming to keep things simple, clean, & neat.

Personal remarks : Best custom ROM, if we can ignore the soydev site.

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Availability: Pie, A10 (discontinued); A11 (Nightly)

Calyx OS

A ROM focused on privacy from the big corpos.

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Availability: A11

CarbonROM

A custom ROM with "just a bit of everything", as per their site.

Personal remarks: I'd consider this ROM the best, back when I was running Pie on my F1. However, at that time, it was my inexperience speaking, considering that it's a stable user ROM with microG support. However, with A10 (and my increasing standards), they fell off pretty hard. Here's hoping A11 (or Q for them) gets them back in track.

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Availability: Noct [Oreo] (discontinued), Opal [Pie] (monthly, eventually discontinued); Pax [A10] (Monthly)

ColtOS

Another one of these featurefest ROMs. Not that I hate these kinds of ROMs though.

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Availability: Pie(discontinued); A10

HavocOS

A former featurefest ROM in the Pie era, it has since shrunk into a midweight ROM. However, it is currently back on the way of being the featurefest ROM it once was. Available in 2 flavors: Vanilla & Go-ogle.

Personal remarks: It's the 1st AOSP-based ROM I've used with microG, & I'll always remember it as such. However, with A11, I find it too hard to like Havoc the way I used to in A10, since there's too much missing features for me to even think that Havoc is a good daily driver.

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Availability: Pie, A10(discontinued); A11

Nitrogen OS

A non-descript AOSP ROM.

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Availability: Pie, A10(discontinued); A11

OmniROM

Not to be confused with Cosmic Era's OMNI Federation, this ROM doesn't suck - unlike some bosses at OMNI Federation - or Logos / Blue Cosmos?

Personal remarks: Unlike the enhanced troopers (Druggies & Extendeds to name a few) at OMNI Federation, this ROM is stable AF & has no killswitch words. That is, if you don't count the F1 & its inability to boot this ROM. 30/11/2020 update : As someone who likes a stable ROM with the right features, OMNI lacks those "right features". While I could recommend this ROM, I won't plan on daily-driving this ROM.

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Availability: Pie, A10(discontinued); A11

Potato Open Sauce Project

The "sauciest & tastiest" fork of AOSP, whatever that means.

Personal remarks : I'm still not sure what "sauciest & tastiest fork of AOSP" means, but at least I know that it's one of the better ROMs out there.

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Availability: Pie (baked), A10 (croquette) [discontinued]; A11 (dumaloo)

Pixys OS

A ROM that claims to be a "butter smooth Android Firmware". However, since most ROMs nowadays tend to be smooth enough IMO (except for some cases that I unfortunately forgot), I don't really care about this claim - especially if you need to enable Google scripts on the official site just to get the ROM.

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Availability: Pie, A10 (discontinued); A11

ReloadedOS

Previously known as ReloadedCAF. As of A11, it has switched to AOSP.

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Availability: Pie(discontinued); A10; A11 Beta (AOSP)

RevengeOS

A former CAF ROM focused on minimalism. On Pie, it's basically a Pixel-based CAF ROM. However, they have removed the Goolag infestation on A10, allowing them to enter the CAF section. On A11, they have been rebased to AOSP.

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Availability: Pie(discontinued); A10

Stag OS

A featurefest ROM with a nice motto - "sic parvis magna"; which is Latin for something along the lines of "great endings from small beginnings".

Personal remarks : The ROM's motto actually reflects it pretty well - so far, there are some missing essentials (such as per-app data notifications & app lock), but the ROM gets everything else well enough (with some minor & tolerable flaws).

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Availability: A10 (discontinued), A11

Spark OS

Another featurefest with Vanilla/GApps distribution.

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Availability: A11

Lineage-based ROM

By default, these ROMs will have Lineage SetupWizard; Lineage SDK; & Trust.

LineageOS

The spiritual successor of CyanogenMod, without all of its business cruft; and the most well-known custom ROM.

Personal remarks : LineageOS is fine if you're not using any kind of GApps, including microG.

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Availability: Pie (discontinued); A10, A11 (Weekly, but tagged as Nightly)

LineageOS microG

LineageOS with inbuilt microG & F-Droid.

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Availability: Pie(discontinued & removed); A10, A11 (Inconsistent)

/e/OS

LineageOS microG, but integrated with the /e/ ecosystem.

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Availability: Nougat, Oreo, Pie, A10

crDroid

LineageOS-based custom ROM designed to increase performance and reliability over stock Android for your device while also attempting to bring many of the best features existing today, according to their intro & how I think its grammar should be.

Personal remarks: A very good heavyweight ROM, burdened with a soydev website (at least there's no BlockAdBlock unlike Arrow) & lack of Vanilla/GApps enforcement in a way similar to Bootleggers - no Vanilla/GApps branding.

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Availability: Pie, A10(discontinued); A11

LuisROM

Unofficial builds of Resurrection Remix and/or crDroid (though mostly crDroid nowadays), with optimized custom kernel.

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Availability: A10 (crDroid & RR); A11 (crDroid)

Ground Zero-based ROM

By default, GZOSP is basically an enhanced AOSP. XDA has covered this back in 2017 (Link)

At the moment, there's no GZOSP-based ROMs I can recommend, due to their issues (GZOSP & Validus died, Baikal has dangerous footguns).

BaikalOS

GZOSP / AICP - based ROM with an added focus on power saving.

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Availability: Pie, A10(discontinued); A11

CAF-based ROM

Short for Code Aurora Forum, CAF-based ROMs generally provide the latest hardware patches, though they also are invariably lightweight. As for the feel, not that different from AOSP.

Previously, or at least back on the Pie era, these ROMs tend to lag behind in security patches, at least for a month. However, on A10, that ended up being false.

Shame that there's currently no CAF ROMs I could & wanted to try out at the moment.

Pixel / Pixel-based ROM

ROMs with GApps (Google/Goolag/Go-ogle Apps) inbuilt by default, without any Vanilla offering (which otherwise makes them a Limbo). Avoid them like the plague, unless you're too dependent on Goolag, in which case you should just stay on stock & also be spied by Facebook & a myriad of other corpos as well.

Disclaimer : Starting January 2021, I won't be trying out any Pixel ROMs, so the entry might be either obsolete / not well-tested. Also, I won't link any sites for these ROMs.

Pixel Experience

A straight-up no-frills Pixel ROM. It's also available in a "plus" variant for more features.

Personal remarks: You could fool most normies into thinking that this is a stock OS if you're using it on a Pixel PDA. They might be less likely to get fooled if you're using the Plus variant.

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Evolution-X

Pixel Experience Plus with even more features.... is what I'd want to call it. However, it is a pickfest with issues. Those issues can be seen on the thread links below.

Personal remarks: Let's be honest here - this ROM is a cancer anyone shouldn't use - even their worst enemies. Pixel ROM (auto not recommend) with stuff kanged from others, random dev kicking for reasons, a lead dev randomly quitting to gather attention, & a project manager that could impress & disgust people at the same time.

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PixelDust

Basically Pixel Experience for Nexus & Pixel devices.

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Paranoid Android

One of the OG custom ROMs, using CAF as their base. Starting with A10, they decided to flood all of their official builds with GApps.

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Descendant

A Pixel ROM with pro-grade UI changes on top of Android. So, conceptually kinda like OxygenOS, but not a port from other PDAs.

Personal remarks : As much as the UI tempts me into trying this out (I finally tried the UI out in 19/4/2021 using an unofficial build for the F1), the fact that it's a Pixel ROM reminds me that I have to avoid it - turns out I didn't regret it (19/9/2021 update has solidified my lack of regret in refusing Descendant).

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Hornbill OS

A Pixel ROM with "open source" apps & design tweaks, thinking that it's all about making the PDA a better daily driver like LineageOS. How the developer managed to be so arrogant they compared this crap to LineageOS evades me, but it is what it is.

Remarks : Nope. I'm not sure how anyone could offer maximum security & stability while including a self-updating backdoor named Go-ogle Play Services.

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Wave OS

A custom ROM with OxygenOS-inspired UI, claiming to add user experience improving features instead of bloating it with unwanted cruft that could cause stability issues. However, by making all of their releases Goolag-only, they have broken their promise of not bloating the OS with unwanted cruft.

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Pixel Extended

Another Pixel Experience fork with some "essentials" missing in Pixel Experience.

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Spice OS

Formerly named MalluOS, this is basically LineageOS with more features, similar to Project Sakura; except instead of a spring in a burning forest with nonexistent, GApps-leaning Vanilla/GApps enforcement, it's a hellish mess with GApps-only releases since 3.0.

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Limbo ROM

Limbo ROMs are ROMs with conflicting release policies. These ROMs release Goolag-only for some device while leaving some others with either Goolag / Vanilla or Vanilla only. Sometimes, they could release Vanilla/GApps or Vanilla-only builds, only to provide GApps-only releases on the next update. And, for clarifications, ROMs that release Vanilla-only while leaving others with Vanilla/Goolag does not count here.

My stance on these ROMs : If you really want to use this, I always recommend flashing the Vanilla variant. If there's no Vanilla build for your device, you might want to not flash it, unless you could remove the prebuilt GApps.

Disclaimer : While I'll probably randomly try out Limbo ROMs, chances are I've disrecommended so many that the number of Limbos tested are so few, so don't expect updates for them.

AncientROM

Another featurefest ROM that tries to provide a unique user interface packed with useful features for customization, & claims to be a Pixel-based ROM, as stated in its features section : Prebuilt GAPPS. However, the maintainers did release a Vanilla version, and, in respect of that, I've decided to put this in the Limbo section.

Personal remarks : The settings redesign seems better than I would have expected. However, I don't really think I'll re-link Ancient for now.

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AOSPExtended

AOSP-based custom ROM. Supports signature spoofing (microG) on builds without GApps. Available in 2 flavors : Vanilla & GApps, similar to a large portion of custom ROMs (which includes all Limbo ROMs).

Personal remarks: AEX may be the only Limbo ROM to lean away from the Pixel side. However, due to permissive update policy (if there's any), I urge you to skip AEX, & if you're using AEX, please switch to something that's more likely to receive updates. With those ROMs, at least you're guaranteed to receive some kind of support in the likely case of facing issues.

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Awaken OS

Awaken OS is one of those new ROMs that debuted with A11, aiming for a good user experience. Unfortunately for them, their lack of Vanilla/GApps enforcement is a good cause why I believe you won't get a good experience using this ROM.

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BlissRoms

Simply said, a Pixel ROM that masquerades as a Limbo & successfully did it, at least for the A10 cycle. Initial A10 build for 6z did not include GApps, but included it since 12.4 & made it the default option. On A11, it's back to the generic Limbo ROM business, at least for now...

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Corvus OS

A featurefest ROM based off the well-known Dirty Unicorns.

18/1/2021 update : Corvus is similar to Cygnus, but at least it could go from Vanilla > Goolag > Vanilla/Goolag. Currently, I see no reason to think Corvus as a recommendable Limbo ROM, considering their past transgressions.

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Cygnus OS

A CAF-based Limbo ROM.

23/9/2020 update : Randomly browsed into the SourceForge downloads & saw that the F1's latest updates are Goolag-only. With this, I can recommend you to stay the fuck away from this mess.

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DerpFest

AOSiP fork with added features & Pixel GApps, complete with the lack of enforcement for the Vanilla/Goolag support.

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Dot OS

Dot OS, or short for Droid On Time, is just another custom ROM focused on performance & stability (and also looking & feeling great without compromising the previous points). Once died in the Pie era, they have returned in A11 with not-enforced Vanilla/GApps distribution, negating their original goals.

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Fluid OS

A Limbo ROM focused on a better UI. So, in a sense, just like Awaken.

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Availability : A11

Kang OS

Basically CorvusOS (which is based off Dirty Unicorns), but closer to its Android Open Kang Project roots by literally naming it "Kang OS".

Personal remarks : Doesn't leave a good impressions on the initial Settings UI, but at least the "advanced" settings called Kangie's Lab doesn't eat up essential settings. As for theming, it's available on Settings > Themes, similar to Corvus & DU, so that's less bad than if it's sunk in "advanced" settings, but not as good as having it in Settings > Display.

8/4/2021 Update : Dropping links on Kang OS for applying GApps-only updates for some devices.

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Kraken Project

A Limbo ROM (formerly Pixel ROM) with a goal to provide the best experience in using a "low" Android with basic customizations. I don't understand what "low" Android means here, so I'll just assume "low on features". Usability wise, it feels mostly like LineageOS, but with AOSP's crap-ass gesture/button nav (the 2-button ones) enabled by default & Trust not working.

Remarks : Basically LineageOS, but not something that anyone should use. One reason to avoid this is Permissive SELinux.

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MSM-Xtended

The HavocOS equivalent for GZOSP ROMs, with a slogan claiming "Custom ROM Redefined". So far, the only thing it actually did was make it a slog to set up the ROM to my preferences. Also, starting with A11, some maintainers began releasing Goolag-only builds & aren't forced to also release the Vanilla variant, dragging it to Limbo.

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Availability: Pie, A10(discontinued); A11 (link removed, last release in February 2021)

Nusantara Project

A Dirty Unicorn-based ROM built by Indonesians (just like Komodo, but based on DU). This is the 1st Limbo ROM to ever provide microG / Vanilla / Goolag builds. This sounds great on paper, but keep in mind that since it doesn't seem to be enforced, this puts them in the Limbo category.

Personal remarks : With Nusantara around, I seem like I should be placing OMNI to Limbo. However, since OMNI puts the GApps builds at a separate section (instead of alongside the Vanilla / microG variants), they're staying at AOSP.

5/2/2021 Update : A11 builds (at least before 28/2/2021 F1 build) has one of the worst settings UI I've ever seen - it feels like a blend of iOS' looks with MIUI Settings' settings placement (except or About Phone - that's still at the bottom) & a crappy version of OxygenOS' About Phone section.

26/3/2021 Update : With the 22/3/2021 build, the settings UI has shifted from the ones mentioned in my rant on 5/2/2021 to something that feels clunky, despite being close to AOSP (literally AOSP UI for some parts, but there's some OxygenOS-like UI on the "About phone" menu).

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Availability : A10 (LTS), A11

Octavi OS

A cheapo ROM reborn out of PearlOS, complete with a default flashing guide that matches its toylike feel.

Personal remarks : Cheap toy ROM with cheapo flashing guide (while I'd credit the maintainers who go out of their way to make a more usable flashing guide, the default is what I have trouble with) - what the fuck does "User PBRP" mean? Besides, why would I have to use a certain TWRP fork to flash a ROM when TWRP itself may have no trouble doing so? Also, PBRP isn't available for every PDA, if anyone's asking.

Because this ROM seems like a cheapo joke, I'm not going to recommend it. By comparison, POSP might have plenty of memes & jokes, but at least their ROM's usable enough that I'm cool with it.

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Project Sakura

A custom ROM that "feels like spring". More like "feels like spring in a burning forest", since it shares plenty of similarities with a certain Pixel ROM masquerading as a Limbo.

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Resurrection Remix

Back in the Pie era, it is LineageOS with added features (except signature spoofing). In the A10 era, they brought in signature spoofing support, perhaps in addition of making a non-enforced Vanilla/GApps distribution.

Personal opinion : RR is perhaps the least terrible Limbo ROM (as far as distribution transgressions come), aside from the extremely bloated "advanced" settings that has eaten some basic settings. It's a slog to set up according to my preferences, perhaps more than the already bloated MSM-Xtended (probably because of how the "advanced" settings are laid out). Compared to fellow LineageOS-based featurefest crDroid, the latter had a more natural flow to their "advanced" settings, as the settings aren't hidden beneath an extra menu.

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Availability: Pie (discontinued); A10

Superior OS

Another AOSP ROM with "minimal" features to fulfill user demands.

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Availability: Pie, A10 (Discontinued); A11

Other untested ROMs

These are the ROMs I haven't tested, but heard some stuff about. I might try them out as soon as I get a supported device.

Graphene OS

An AOSP ROM with intense focus on security & privacy (mostly security).

Personal remarks : I'll be honest here - Graphene is good if you want the highest level of security possible on your Android PDA. However, the GrapheneOS community (mostly the developer) is extremely toxic.

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Untested ROMs you must avoid

Similar to the untested ROMs above, but ones that you should never use under any circumstances. If you're planning to use this, please seek saner ROMs above.

Copperhead OS

Once a truly security-focused ROM, it has since became a scam that takes the works of other open source devs & attack said developers. One of the attacked developers are Daniel Micay, lead dev of Graphene & former dev of Copperhead (back when it's actually security-focused).

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GlassROM

LineageOS with various additional security patches & signature spoofing to top them all off. Due to the developer also being a part of GrapheneOS (and fully supporting their toxicity instead of standing against it), I cannot recommend anyone to use this ROM.

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MoKee

A ROM built by 'the biggest non-profit Android Open Source development team' in China, with members from all parts of the world.

Remarks : Avoid. Getting this ROM from the official site requires Go-ogle ads enabled.

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ZenXOS

A featurefest ROM built out of Havoc.

Remarks : If this ROM wasn't built as a Kang ROM, it's a Limbo ROM. Even there, it's not a good starting point.

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There won't be any kind of links here (except for the git repo as a showcase I suppose), I can't recommend an actual kang ROM. However, should you want to look at a Kang ROM development, here's the GitHub Repo link.

Availability: A10 (and others that I don't give a fuck about, considering what this ROM is)

Stock ROM (and their ports)

Stock ROM that gets ported like OxygenOS & MIUI - for example, MIUI.eu, EliteROM. I don't know why anyone would ever bother using them, since they're infested with Go-ogle spyware (and other forms of spyware present in stock ROMs). Not only they may require a custom vendor firmware, they could also not work with custom kernels by design (most custom kernels are meant to run on AOSP ROMs).

For disclosure, I am never a fan of stock ROMs (unless the stock ROM's something like /e/ or Lineage, that is).

Dead ROMs

Custom ROMs that has stopped all developments (and can be considered dead).

AIM-ROM

Another featurefest build based off LineageOS. Development seemingly stopped at November 2020.

Bootleggers ROM

A Limbo GZOSP-based ROM, with so much features to make the user feel at home (the word home gets translated to Chinese / Japanese). Development seems stopped.

Dirty Unicorns

A well-known ROM back from the early days of Android modding; back from at least the Marshmallow era. However, with their Ten builds (DU 14), this marked their fall to the Pixel category, as they have preloaded GApps without any information whatsoever. Cool themes though; however, said cool themes can also be obtained in many other ROMs, such as Corvus (a DU fork).

16/3/2021 Update : DU development has finally died, & for real.

Ground Zero Open Source Project

A custom ROM originally meant to be an alternative ROM base to LineageOS, it has died off, following the death of its main developer martinusbe.

LineageX

LineageOS with signature spoofing & customized icons, I guess?

Liquid Remix

A pseudo-Lineage based ROM. Meaning; it lacks some Lineage-exclusive parts such as the Setup Wizard & Trust; despite claiming to be Lineage-based.

ValidusOS

GZOSP with clown theme (A10 only AFAIK) & added features, maintained by the GZOSP team. Last spark of development seen in 23/8/2020, as it dies off following the main dev's end.

Generic System Image

Flashable system images that supposedly runs on any devices with Treble support.

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