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josefStallman wrote

Basically:

All it takes is a zip code, a gender, and a date of birth to identify almost anyone in the US or Europe.

Not only that, but almost any kind of crowdsourced data can be used to identify it's users if you know what to look for.

This data is the kind of "anonymous" data that's often collected for usage statistics and demographic data.

Turn off as much data collection as you can if you're not ok with your data being traceable to you.

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josefStallman wrote

If you want a great experience, you'll want to host your own software. My recommendation for a full suite of tools is NextCloud. It has real time document collaboration software in the form of Collabora, and a XMPP chat solution. It also has clients for everyone. ShareLaTeX is great if you like TeX editors, but that's not most people.

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josefStallman wrote (edited )

Much of the most popular software in the world is free. Almost all of Google's software is free (Android is almost all free software, Chrome is also almost all free software), Firefox, Linux, VLC, MINIX, are all free software. If you want to build a piece of software that will be used by millions, if not billions, of people, you need a massive and diverse development team, because your userbase will also be massive and diverse, and unless you want to pay all those developers, you need it to be a community project.