I managed to successfully replace branches of Google and Microsoft monopolies for personal use: for mail, for search, for browsing (desktop & mobile), and Murena + /e/ + Fairphone for smartphones. These migrations were mostly painless.

I'm still stuck with others though: 🧵

2⃣ Google Maps: Now juggling + Citymapper + waze (the latter owned by Alphabet anyway). Organic Maps is still a big lacking & buggy: many UX issues, navigation a bit choppy

data is awesome but I miss the restaurant reviews available on GMaps nonetheless.

3⃣ GitHub: I could migrate my projects over to @codeberg or at any time, but I foresee friction for new contributors, lack of cross-references with dependencies already on GH, and in general less visibility of my open source work. Network effects all the way down.

I believe the solution we need to address these pain points is to have more successful Commercial Open Source companies. But (1) they have to offer an excellent UX/DX and (2) we need to embrace paying money for useful services, since operation costs are never free.

@astrojuanlu I agree with you on both points. 1) becomes more achievable when there is sufficient funding for dev work, which is more likely with 2) is in place. The platform cooperative movement is actively working on addressing both points.

#PlatformCooperativism #PlatformCooperatives

@strypey Indeed! I'm a big believer in cooperatives to achieve this. Although at the moment (commercial open-source, usually vc-backed) is leading the way.

@astrojuanlu does this right as it doesn't require an account to contribute, only an email! The visibility point is still an issue, sadly.

@astrojuanlu @codeberg
This is a problem that I have as well! The network effects and the low barriers of entrance for new contributors (at least for those who already have a Github account) are really valuable.

For this problem I hope that some "federated Git" system will help. Apparently there is development under way e.g. for Gitea: , so there is hope.

@ollibaba @codeberg Yep, I have high hopes on that as well (subscribed to a bunch of issues to track progress)!

@astrojuanlu try Magic Earth for maps. Navigation is good, there are good voices in several languages, it uses open street map data, and visually, the default is better than osmand and organic maps (the latter two are highly customizable, though). Its not open source, but they appear to be privacy centric.

@mrak Thanks a lot for the recommendation, it looks really good. I'll definitely give it a go!

@astrojuanlu For CalDAV I'm quite happy with Thunderbird on the PC, and with DAVx⁵ ( + Etar ( on Android. Both solutions also support notifications.

(not sure if you were actually looking for comments on your concrete obstacles - feel free to ignore my unsolicited advice :)

@ollibaba Thanks for chiming in! I'm not happy with Thunderbird though, every time I try it it sets my CPUs on fire

@astrojuanlu The single place where I can't get rid of google(I still didn't start to do it) will be the smartphone brand(I mean the device, not Android). Good luck.

@astrojuanlu Thanks for sharing :)

My one warning would be Hey. It’s got major lock-in (it’s a proprietary wrapper around open email). Written as someone who is now facing the painful migration path from Hey back to Fastmail when I can be bothered to undertake it.

@aral Thanks for chiming in @aral! For the moment I trust them, and I highly value their UI/UX focus. But you're right that they have lock-in, and as @markusl pointed out in another reply, emails are not encrypted at rest.

@astrojuanlu One thing that puts me off Hey for email is that their servers are based in the US and email isn't encrypted at rest. So it's open season for whichever branch of the US government decides it'd like to have a nosey round.

@DarkWraithLord Why not, but also I don't need it, since email is one of the (few) things I figured out. I love Hey dot com, to be honest I don't think I'm going back.

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