I'm very excited to announce Bloom: A free and open source ‘Google’
Our mission? Empowering the world with open technologies 🚀
Why? How? What? 👉 https://kerkour.fr/blog/bloom-a-free-and-open-source-google
🌐 Website: https://bloom.sh
📱Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bloom42.bloomx
👩💻 Code: https://gitlab.com/bloom42
Let's spread freedom 🤩
@z0mbie42 do you host it on F-Droid too?
The current services yes, but we sincerely think it's irrelevant in the long run, as you can read in the master plan (https://www.kerkour.fr/blog/bloom-a-free-and-open-source-google) you can totally imagine having an open source Bloom tractor in a few years.
@z0mbie42 what is the contacts app based on?
@z0mbie42 Free but registration required. OK.
Hi Andy and Nydel.
The code is free (as in freedom of speech, not as in beer), but the hosted service is not (we have to pay the bill, and feed the human who produce the code).
As the code is free and open source, you are free to host it on your own infrastructure: https://gitlab.com/bloom42/
Hope I could have answered you questions
You can read Bloom's master plan (https://www.kerkour.fr/blog/bloom-a-free-and-open-source-google/) to learn more why we aren't trying to surf the privacy wave, but sincerely believe that free and open source software/science/data... is the ONLY way to build a sustainable future. Privacy is just side-effect of thinking users first (instead of profit first).
Regarding F-droid, it was too much work! But you're contribution is welcome if you can help us to set it up on F-droid in the next days 😀
We also have a link pointing to our open source page in the footer.
You can try the hosted version of Bloom (https://bloom.sh) for free, but if you want that we take care of your data and secure it, you will then have to pay afterward the free tier.
If you have the technical knowledge you can take the code, and self-host, at your own expenses :)
Hi Andy, you can try the available services at https://bloom.sh :)
We do not compare to next cloud because currently available services are far from our mission (empowering the world with open technologies) and are almost irrelevant.
You can totally imagine having an open source Bloom tractor in a few years :)
@z0mbie42 Very exciting but at first look... so ambitious that it would be comforting to know what efforts its building on or federating/integrating with.
Also, F-Droid app? :-)
Hi Benjamin,Thank you for the kind words!
Regarding the F-droid app, an issue is open (https://gitlab.com/bloom42/app-Android/issues), it wasn't implemented before the beta launch because it seemed too much effort.
About federation and external integration, as you can read in the master plan, it's planned for Q3/Q4 2020 https://www.kerkour.fr/blog/bloom-a-free-and-open-source-google/#in-summary
I understand, I will try to contact them, thank you!
Being an 'open source Google' is just a side effect of our mission: Empowering the world with open technologies.
We sincerely believe that free and open source software is the only way to build a sustainable future, and today's internet giants missed the turn.
@z0mbie42 What are you meaning in "Free and open source Google"
@z0mbie42 how is it related to opendata?
@zig We will build the platforms to host open data: https://www.kerkour.fr/blog/bloom-a-free-and-open-source-google
@z0mbie42 that doesn't answer the question. How is it related to open data? Will you open the user data or something like that? Is it related to things like data.gouv.fr?
We won't open users data, but we will open aggregated / anonymized data that may be useful to be public, without compromising privacy.
Like ML models/datasets, and more importantly, provide the tools to help others to open their data, like farmers, doctors, scientists, police...
@z0mbie42 you are lucky. I tried a project similar to yours ten years ago, I could not pull it off.
@z0mbie42 Hey, for a platform that's so focused on open-ness, including in software, why would you pick Discord as your chat application, when floss alternatives exist? Like Matrix, or Mattermost/RocketChat/Zulip/Gitter
@f0x Because the UX of other platforms is not enough good /cost of maintaining them is too high.
Among those Matrix seems the best choice for the future, but today the UX is really not good enough (I'm in touch with Matrix team regarding the bad parts).
@z0mbie42 do you have any specifics? IMO Riot has become quite good
@f0x Currently it's painfully sloooooow (~15 secs to create a Room or a community), I have spent ~15 mins to understand how to add a room to a community and some other things that will make non tech savy people to leave after 2 mins of use :/
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!