Hey Lemmy!

We’ve released gofoss.net, a beginner’s guide to free and open source software, privacy and sustainable tech.

The site is available in English, French and German. We hope that it can help some of you to:

  • safely browse the Internet
  • encrypt your conversations
  • protect your data
  • switch to Linux
  • free your phone from Google & Apple
  • join the Fediverse & use alternative cloud providers
  • self-host your stuff

The source code is available on GitLab. Happy to chat, let us know what you think!

For more information, please come find us at gofoss.net :)

PS: We are 100% non-profit: no ads, no tracking, no sponsored or paywalled content.

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Nice initiative, but I’d suggest to

  • remove Signal as it’s centralized and the server source code is not constantly updated (and likely different from the one published at any given time)
  • replace Firefox (that is Google’s geek friedly subsidiary) with LibreWolf (for PC) and Iceraven (for Android) available in FFUpdater in F-Droid
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I’m in the market for a new phone and would very much like to abandon Android.

Dessalines
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Looks nice! Beautifully done site.

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thanks :)

@titania
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gorgeous site

alex
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Awesome site! I think it will be very useful for beginners to go through at their own pace and help them understand what each suggestion will won’t do.

gofoss.net
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thanks! the idea is indeed to make the subject accessible even to non-techies. It’s a challenge, and we can still do better ;)

@Echedenyan
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Oh shit. A modern-designer website fully compatible with UXP-based browsers. I love it.

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It nice that they specifically mention why XMPP isn’t included, but they could also have included a specific client (like they basically do with Matrix) and evaluate that. Conversations for example does do e2ee by default when possible.

A client and server combination like Snikket or Movim could have also been evaluated.

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You’re right. We’ve pondered this for quite some time, and if you check older commits you’ll even see that we included Conversations at some point. We really like XMPP (and are also a bit nostalgic). In the end, we however decided to favour messengers which provide encryption out of the box, irrespective which client is used, and give XMPP an “honorable mention”. If there is enough interest, or if people contribute, we can still cover the topic in future releases

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I think evaluating Snikket could be a good option in the future as it really is a complete package similar to Matrix. It also has e2ee enabled by default when you are communicating between Snikket users.

Movim also has e2ee now and is a complete package with its PWA capable web-client, but OMEMO isn’t enabled by default for now.

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Thx for your feedback! Added GitLab Issue #106 and will look into Snikket when possible

bunkrra
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another honeypot page > tutanota, signal, mozilla

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Thx for the post & feel free to elaborate. While we can’t please all, we are always open to constructive feedback. To be fair:

a) we’re a bunch of FOSS idealists. So no affiliate links, sponsorships, crypto-shadiness or any other bullshit on our website

b) we make it pretty clear none of those services is the panacea. We’re still convinced they’re better than Big Tech/GAFAM

c) we mention caveats/criticism where deemed necessary, e.g. Mozilla’s conflict of interest, Signal’s privacy flaws, etc.

d) we always mention a couple of alternatives, so that readers can pick & choose according to their needs

@Echedenyan
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Server-side of both ProtonMail and Tutanota is nonFLOSS.

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Thx for the hint, will include a comment on the website. GitLab Issue #105 created.

Great initiative - kudos!

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thx :)

Adda
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I just skimmed through the content and read a bit. The website looks super neat and useful. Furthermore, the design is beautifully made and the flow of actions feels natural. Amazing work, as far as I can say so far. Excuse me, I am going to sift through some of your recommendations to see what services and SW you have there.

gofoss.net
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glad that you like it :) let me add that your compliments on the website design go directly to squidfunk, who’s developing Material for MkDocs

CHEF-KOCH
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Neat, re-posted + shared. 🤗

gofoss.net
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Neat, re-posted + shared. 🤗

cool, thx for the support :)

ysu
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I can’t access the website. Domain not resolved?

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weird, it works here & I also checked https://downforeveryoneorjustme.com

Let us know if the issue persists

gofoss.net
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Seems like quad9 is blocking our domain. Reached out to report false positive, hope that’ll solve it.

gofoss.net
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solved

Why do you recommend the non-free Magic Earth here?

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Removed

Thank you!

gofoss.net
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Good catch, others mentioned that too. Will be removed

@Yujiri
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This is a great effort! There’s just one thing that I think you really should correct/clarify, In the chapter on firefox:

The browser is free and open source, highly customisable, blocks cookies & trackers

Firefox doesn’t “block cookies”. The default settings block “cross-site tracking cookies” and “cross-site cookies in private windows”, while the “Strict” setting blocks “Cross-site cookies in all windows”. Cookies themselves are not a privacy concern (and blocking them would break a huge proportion of websites)

@fleurc
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The last thing is true, i block first-party and third-party cookies in Vivaldi

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Fixed, update is live

@Yujiri
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Awesome! You’ve done a great job with this site :)

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Thx for the clarification! Added GitLab Issue #107 and will add a comment on the website

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