Submitted by RedEmmaSpeaks in freeAsInFreedom

I apologize if this is like the easiest question ever, but I am totally not a coder/techie and I was hoping one of you good people could point me towards something that would enable me to have email outside of hotmail, gmail, yahoo, and other corporate giants. Because I know all of them would sell me out in a heartbeat and probably already has.



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urieldacosta wrote

ProtonMail seems to be a pretty popular alternative. It's Free Software released under the MIT License. It's user-friendly and free-of-charge.


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urieldacosta wrote

Interesting, I didn't realize that. Looking at their github, I see that they do have some backend code up there, but most of those modules are ones that they forked from other Free projects (and are therefore required by the GPL to make Free). The reason they give in the thread you linked for keeping their server-side proprietary is totally bogus, also. Thanks for the correction.


Aesbeth wrote

If you don't mind tinkering and spending mind-numbing hours in a terminal modifying config files, you can use Y U No Host.


lookin4 wrote

Hey, this seems to be a cool project, but yeah, I see it through the glasses of a techie.

Anyway I would like to encourage u/RedEmmaSparks or anyone here whenever they will have the time, curiosity and pleasure to learn how to f/DIY host your needs. It gets you a better understanding of computers so nothing will be lost, even if you fail. And there are many communities out there offer help if you want.

There is also and


edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Sorry I'm late to the party. For a quicker route to hosting your own email I recommend - it's a combination of a howto guide and a program (shell script). The howto walks you through renting a server and setting up DNS. The shell script sets up the server for you, you just answer questions like "What is your name?" and "What domain name did you buy in the DNS service?" and so forth.


plast wrote hands down. They say they dont track you. But you have to consider that even with most email providers you'll just have to take their word for it. Thats why you use PGP to encrypt your emails. Protonmail looks nice, but if you want to use something other than their website to read email, you'll have to use a paid, proprietary application. has IMAP support right off the bat so you can use any client.