List of FOSS and privacy-oriented websites

Submitted by tnstaec in freeAsInFreedom (edited )

Not all of these are FOSS, but this seems like the most appropriate forum for this post. Please add any others you know of, or comment about the ones I've already listed. Does anyone know of good alternatives to the big crowd-funding sites?


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josefStallman wrote

Ello is definitely not free software, and it honestly just seems more pretentious than useful. Telegram is also not free software, and their encryption is less verifiably good than a lot of standard encryption methods used by things like Ring.

That being said, good resources.


MarkVale wrote

f-droid has a FOSS version of telegram.


NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

I checked the Telegram page in my F-Droid app and it contains the following warnings highlighted at the bottom:

  • This application promotes non-free network services.
  • The original source code is not entirely free.

They might have stripped off the proprietary parts from the app, but it does not seem to be very friendly to freedom by default, and a freedom-concerned citizen wouldn't feel so safe using it anyway.


MarkVale wrote (edited )

You're spot on.

The F-Droid maintainer is upgrading the app using an always older version because TG never updates their source on time. The Google Apps bits that snoops on your usage is removed and you use their private, proprietary, closed-sourced servers.

Being encrypted end-to-end as well as being tested means that they don't know what you are talking about but they will know to whom you talk.

The previews for links you send in chat will be generated by TG's servers as well so you need to disable those.


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Defasher wrote

Is there a game store like steam for FOSS games?


NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

Lutris (not sure if it's only open source -- saw some Wine mentions and stuff, but it is a steam-like place for open source games too)


Stitch wrote

itch.io is pretty close, it's basically indie steam. It's not all FOSS games, but a lot of FOSS developers publish on itch.io.


Tequila_Wolf wrote

Looks cool - how about making it a wiki page linked to this post?


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NEOalquimista wrote (edited )

Just a little note:

ProtonMail is open source, but this is only the front-end (the code our computers receive and process). The back-end (their infrastructure) is not. But it's already a good thing that they released the code partially.



What would you recommend as a good private email host?


NEOalquimista wrote

I'm afraid I only tried ProtonMail. They have stricter rules, such as if you lose your 2 step authentication device and backup codes, there is no "forgot my password" and your account is virtually inaccessible. No way to recover, so you have to remember your credentials.


whyarentihigh wrote

9 months late to the party, but self hosting is the only way to go if you value privacy. If your information is on another server, it's not private