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@paulakreuzer @paulakreuzer Great read! I already use most of these, you already know. Some comments:

- A mention to the Attention Economy could be made too, aside with the Surveillance Capitalism (they're related)
- Orfox is deprecated. No longer updated, so it shouldn't be used, right?
- Ecosia might not be FLOSS, but its privacy policy is delicious. Oh, and there's the GDPR.
- There's a k9-based mail called pEp. It's material design.

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@paulakreuzer [from above]
- Telegram has no E2EE by default! Seven years after, they've never fulfilled their promise on open sourcing the server part. And the client is almost closed-source (through-the-wall, delayed updates, no public issue tracker, no care for third-party closed libs or trackers).
- Does WordPress.org (the libre project) have gobble tracking? A difference could be made.

Such a great article, Paula! Congrats, and thank you for this! 👏👏👏

@RoboePi thanks for your feedback. I made some edits to Telegram & TorBrowser/Orfox.
I'll look into Attention Economy and pEp.

As for WordPress.org: Privacy Badger blocks g-apis and g-tagmanager. But the site seems to work when they are blocked.

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@Jamesthedisciple
Protonmail is on my list of projects I'll look into. VPNs are not really an alternative to any FAANG&Co product, but I might add them in a future chapter.

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@espen thanks for the feedback. I knew about the apk, but I should probably mention it in the article.
I do include Signal as one of the good guys, I just also mentioned why I personally have my problems with it.

@paulakreuzer Thats cool. Just got the impression that you problems were related to it only being available on play store. :)

@josealberto4444 @paulakreuzer Thanks for this link, it did clarify why status quo is they way it is, but I can't say I really say I think moxies position makes a whole lot of sense. Oh well.

@espen
Yes... I don't think it makes sense for security, which is what he says he's supporting, but...
@paulakreuzer

@foks Thanks for that link. Some of these concerns seem legit, but you have to consider that /e/ is still young and only in testing phase.

They don't do anything new?
I don't think you'll be able to say that once the first official release is out.

They still haven't removed a lot of Google junk?
Sure, they just started. They are working on it and it's not like there are a lot of other OSes that are 100% Google free.

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@paulakreuzer
They took a hell lot of time (and cash) to do the first release, and it's literally an outdated lineage microg.

Again, they have tons of time and cash. They should have solves that by now, but it's literally a lineage

@foks

[...]

They steal code?
It's called forking and that is what you do with free software. Sure there are some parts that should be rewritten and not just copy-pasted, but I'm sure they are fixing that.

@e_mydata can probably shed some light on the other concerns.

@paulakreuzer if you really feel the need to discuss my article, please do so on a IM conversation. t.me/v0idifier or matrix @void:lain.haus
@paulakreuzer I know what forking is, I'm not stupid. They copied code and didn't give credit for it.
@paulakreuzer
When you fork, the copyright notice has to remain. The copyright holders are the original authors. If you delete that, you're trying to steal work, because you are trying to show that you are the original author and that you have all the rights over that work. That's not true: you have only the rights authors gave you when released that software as free software (the four freedoms). Nothing more, nothing less.

I agree with you regarding the rest of your arguments, but this one, alone, is more than enough to be, at least, suspicious about them. 🤔
@e_mydata @foks

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Nice article. I'd just want to point out that Öffi might be a better option for many where Transportr doesn't work(in my case, UK).
Transportr was amazing as long as it worked, but now searches don't work in London so I switched.

I think the guy that makes the framework(what Transportr uses) for making public transportation info available to apps is the same guy who makes Öffi.

The UI is less pretty, but very powerful and fast when you get used to it.
Offi Stations - f-droid.org/app/de.schildbach.

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@Mojeek Thanks for the tip. I hadn't heard of before. My research revealed 0 trackers, so I added it to the list.

2 Questions:

1) Neither your site nor the data center's site reveals this: Does it run on 100% renewable, green energy? I once visited a data center that had an emergency power generator running on fossil fuels. They had to burn the whole tank at least about twice a year so it wouldn't break.

2) Why the Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin buttons instead of Mastodon?

@paulakreuzer We really appreciate you checking us out and including us on the list.
1) They're not 100% renewable, but their facilities ensure they have a minimal impact on natural resources and energy usage is continuously kept low. (e.g Custodian uses five time less energy per kW of IT load than the average data centre, more details custodiandc.com/about-us/csr-a )
2) We're still very new to Mastodon, but it's certainly something we will consider as we look to get more involved in the community here

@blacklight447

Thanks. I added along with some other distros.

I'll keep an eye on OS, but as long as it has to be self-compiled and has no official homepage (at least I didn't find any) I'll not add it to my list.

Also do you know if it will be ? According to Wikipedia is only "source available".

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