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Re: FLOSS alternatives (was re:Campaign to boycott Facebook)


From: Jim Garrett
Subject: Re: FLOSS alternatives (was re:Campaign to boycott Facebook)
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2020 23:22:24 -0500

On Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:11:29 -0500
LM <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 24, 2020 Jim Garret wrote:
> > From: Jim Garrett <address@hidden>
> > I also made the tactical choice to
> > not for Free Software specifically, for which I'm sure many here
> > will be disappointed.  I generally do advocate for Free Software
> > when I see an opportunity, but I felt the need to focus in this
> > case, and can discuss software freedom in whatever follow-up
> > conversations arise.  
> 
> I would be very interested to hear what alternatives there are to
> various social media networks that are specifically Free/Libre
> software based.  I'd also be especially interested in what
> alternatives work well with low resource or older hardware.  Many of
> the newer social media systems require the latest and greatest
> browsers or other software that's complicated to build and isn't
> always available for older systems.  Forums like the Puppy Linux forum
> try very hard to support older and low resource computers.  Are there
> other good examples of this sort of thing?  With the recent issues
> with Yahoo Groups, I investigated what free mailing list alternatives
> were still available.  I ran across a few options like
> https://framalistes.org/sympa/ but I really could not find a lot of
> options even when I looked at non-Free alternatives in this area.  Has
> anyone put together a list of FLOSS options for social media sites and
> Internet methods of connecting with each other (whether they're web
> 2.0 based or earlier concepts)?  I'd appreciate hearing any
> suggestions for FLOSS options for social media or suggestions for
> resources where you could look up FLOSS options.  Thanks.
> 
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You could check out https://switching.software/ as a start.

I can't speak to resource requirements exactly, but I use an old
Atom-based netbook with 2GB RAM so it's towards the low end.  I have
the sense that Friendica seems pretty lean.  Mastodon seems to have
more Web 2.0 elements, but I can run it with no particular problem.

-Jim



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