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vendemiaire wrote

My inexpert take is that most people are satisfied using the default options provided to them by Google, Microsoft, etc. so they don't have any incentive to seriously seek out alternatives, while those who do are already technically-minded people. Thus, the ones who provide them have an incentive to gear their services towards that smaller group, rather than making them as user-friendly as possible. A self-reinforcing divide, maybe?

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shanc wrote (edited )

I'd say Debian plus a VPN and/or Tor is doable for most people. From there they might be able to communicate securely over an encrypted jabber server. Calendars I don't know about because I already use the most secure method - carrying a pocket diary around with me :)

But yeah it's way too hard. Too many people fall down at the Linux install, and I don't blame them.

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haystacks_ wrote

Because you're using technologies that were developed and evolved to be the exact opposite of private. They were built to be resilient and open (to a degree, obviously).

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