Open source alternatives to spyware/censorware

If your life or business depends on a proprietary service, then you're vulnerable to censorship if the staff of that business decide they don't like you or if you arouse enough ire from activists or government officials that they must either censor you or be shut down themselves.

Therefore, it's a good idea to gradually shift your business to software and services that respect your privacy and don't try to lock you in.

Here's a few open source alternatives to common proprietary services. \[Note that I've not tried all of them myself.\]

A few notes about how I selected items for this list. I tried to select for software and services that met the following characterists:

1. Open source according to the OSI's definiton

2. P2P > federated > centralized > proprietary.

3. Supported by a long-standing team of developers

4. Financially self-sustaining.

5. Follows "Unix" philosophy: sharp imple tools that do one thing well, but can be easily connected together.

6. Futureproof, open data standards.

7. Easy to use.

8. Reasonable governance structure

9. Self-hostable with paid hosting available.

10. High quality, maintainable code.

11. Private

12. Anonymous

13. Secure

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Proprietary ServiceOption1Option2Option3Option4
DiscordElement Deltachat
FacebookScuttlebutt
Facebook MessengerSignalDeltachat
Facebook WhatsappSignalDeltachat
Google AnalyticsMatomo
Google Androide
Google Android App storeF-Droid Unhosted appsAPKMirror
Google CalendarThunderbird + Lighting plugin
Google ChromeBraveFirefox
Google Drive or DropboxNextcloud
Google Gmail (Mail Client)ThunderbirdMutt
Google Gmail (Mail Server)ProtonmailMailbox
Google GroupsSympa
Google OfficeCryptpad
Google MapsOpenStreetMaps
Google SearchDuckDuckGo
Google YoutubeOdysee
Facebook EventsMobilizon
Githubradicle
IFTTThuginn
InstagramPixelfed
KeybaseKeyoxide
MailchipMautic
PatreonOpenCollectiveFlipstarterFosspay
Redditlotide/hitide
SlackElement
Stripe or SquareBTCPayServerCoinpaymentsViglaGlobee
SubstackGhost
MediumGhost
TelegramElement
TrelloTaiga
TwitterTwxtxt
WikipediaTiddlywiki Miraheze
ZoomJitsi-Meet
GrammerlyLanguage Tool
Google PlayFossdroidOpen GAPPS



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