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I can’t say I went all the way but I think I’m past the middle.

I try as much as possible to own the tools I use through self-hosting (mail, mastodon, pixelfed, matrix, lemmy, blog, cloud, firefox sync, photo hosting, rss, …) and when it’s not possible I choose privacy-oriented ones but sometimes floss alternatives just aren’t good enough and I won’t/can’t sacrifice the required efficiency.

That’s the case for search engines, I use my own searx instance but sometimes I just can’t find what I’m looking for so I switch to google for those.

My biggest issue is that I could not find an alternative that suits me to Youtube, I like peertube but there isn’t enough content for me and I don’t have the resources to host it (to control the federation settings).

As for android, I used to bother with aosp projects in the past but I don’t have the time anymore so I just rooted my device and disabled as much junk as I could and use f-droid as much as possible.

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It’s hard to be 100% with these things, but saying “no” to bad practices even once is an improvement over nothing, so keep that in mind.

We are also creatures of habit, so I would encourage you to try to challenge yourself into using the things you’d like to be using for a longer while to see if it sticks. For me, this was easy, because I was forced into daily driving Linux and so on for years due to just not having the budget for the newest Apple products or whatever, and when someone gave me a newer computer that came with Windows 8 or something, I didn’t find any real use for it and it kept gathering dust until I installed Linux on it too.

And because social circles are really important too, I think you’ll find it really encouraging to hear that due to my “dedication” to this matter, almost everyone I care about has actually already followed me to alternatives like Matrix, so I can contact almost everyone with E2EE these days! :)

If you still find yourself feeling limited after something like that, I think if I were in your situation, I might consider running Windows inside Qubes OS or something, though maybe not for gaming due to the performance costs associated with virtualization.

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I think the more we can say “no”, the faster things can come full circle to the benefit of everyone. This will happen eventually anyway, but we can speed it up. The abhorrent secret practices that so many tech companies have mistakenly convinced themselves as acceptable will not be sustainable in the long term – “The cloud” will not be the easiest option forever, and it was unfortunate for us to have have been tricked into that path for some years now.

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Good luck with your experiment!

Admittedly, I rarely need OneDrive, so I’ve usually just accessed it with my browser when I’ve had to. Physical memory has gotten pretty cheap these days though, so as long as it’s encrypted with a sufficiently strong passphrase, the SSD might not be a bad idea!

If appropriate, there are also a few options like Nextcloud, but I’m under the impression that the E2EE feature on it is a bit experimental at the moment, so I wouldn’t use it for anything critical right now.

As for trying to make OneDrive itself work better, all I could find was this thread where it was mentioned that the CLI client should come with an automatic syncing feature (the --monitor flag). Have you tried that yet? Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has been porting a few of their services like Teams to Linux lately (thank god, because I actually need to use that one regularly for work), so maybe one day an official app will be available for OneDrive as well.

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Have you looked at rclone for syncing onedrive?

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Hopefully you are getting some more quality discussion :D

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