Ok, I'm making my way through #De-GooglingMyLife. Browser, check. Search enging, check.
@kev firefox over chrome has always seemed like a super easy thing for me. The customizability and addon system in FF make it so much nicer, especially since chrome is no longer the lean efficient slim browser it was almost 10 years ago.
But I am still frustrated with DuckDuckGo so much. 🙁 They suck very bad at current events. Basically searching for news with them means you're unable to find things from the last 3-4 days.
@dajbelshaw I've already started researching alternatives to groupware (email, contacts & cal). This is going to prove by far the most difficult - I'm a heavy user of groupware and I'm VERY particular in how I use it.
...I may have found a good alternative, I'm still testing like 5 different options though.
@kev Two things I particularly like about DuckDuckGo:
1) The results just keep flowing; you don't need to click to load next pages. I find it easier to consider a large number of click options, rather than finding myself subtly steered toward the most commercial sites—albeit out of my own laziness, but also because it can get confusing about which page I saw an option on.
2) When I want to refine my search terms, striking '/' highlights my existing search so I am ready to retype.
There's a lot of people doing this, though I've not seen them around Masto now for a couple months. :(
Here's another guy, outside...
I don't have time/attention/$$/skeelz for running my own servers, etc, so I'm looking to drop tools/services and reduce my online footprint more than replace everything. E.g. G+ has become useless to me.
Likewise, I'm including near all big monopolies, not just Google. Or as you put it, the "laterals". Apple being my pivot/hybrid base for a while until I'm rich enough to by a Purism. (Plus the family is macOS/iOS, so I'll always have some need to tether there.)
A gradual process.
@wion absolutely, it is a gradual process. I don't think I will be self-hosting many of the tools. I self-hosted my email server for a year or so, it was so much work.
I'm definitely prioritising vendors over self-hosting, but if I can't find a moral vendor, or functionality is a problem, I'll look at self-hosting. Still no dice? Then I'll be sticking with Google for that tool until something does pop up.