Without Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple & the rest Big Tech

(in progress)

The higher the level - the lower the level of comfort and stability, but higher the level of freedom and ethical, respectful treatment of you.

Don't choose the highest level everywhere at once (you can go crazy that way), choose what you need to accomplish your tasks and move slowly to the next level (if you understand what you really need it)

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Dante_17List by Dante_17, last updated 2023-03-07
  1. Web

  2. Brave Search icon

    Web Search 1 lvl.: Brave Search (U.S.), MetaGer (Germany)

    0 lvl. (have censorship + no privacy): Alternative to Google Search (U.S.), Microsoft Bing (U.S.), Yahoo! Search (U.S.), Yandex.Search (Russia & Netherlands), Baidu (China) & etc. 0,1 lvl. (also have censorship): DuckDuckGo (U.S.), Qwant (France), Startpage (Netherlands & U.S.) (part of pay-per-click ad company System1),

    2 lvl.: Searx, Wiby 3 lvl. (own index + no IP storage): Mojeek (U.K.)

    • ...
    Brave Search screenshot 1
  3. Proton Mail icon

    E-Mail 0,5 lvl.: Proton Mail (Switzerland), Tuta (Germany), Mailfence (Belgium),

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Gmail (U.S.), Outlook.com (U.S.), Yahoo Mail (U.S.), Yandex Mail (Russia & Netherlands), StartMail (Netherlands & U.S.), Librem Mail & etc.

    2 lvl.: Posteo 3 lvl.: Elude, Disroot, Riseup, CounterMail

    • WebMail Provider
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Tor
    • ...
    Proton Mail screenshot 1
  4. Odysee icon

    Video-sharing service 1 lvl.: Odysee (U.S.), also Rumble (Canada), BitChute (U.K.), Brighteon (U.S.), BitTubers

    0 lvl.: Alternative to YouTube (U.S.), Dailymotion (France), Rutube.ru (Russia), vk.com/video (Russia), iQiyi (China), Youku (China) 0,5 lvl.: Vimeo (U.S.)

    2 lvl.: PeerTube

    Video-streaming 1 lvl.: Odysee (U.S.)

    0 lvl.: Twitch (Amazon - U.S.), YouTube (Google - U.S.), Trovo (Tencent - China), BIGO LIVE (JOYY - China) 0,5 lvl.: DLive

    2 lvl.: PeerTube, Owncast, Open Streaming Platform

    • ...
    Odysee screenshot 1
  5. Mastodon icon

    Social Network: Microblogging 1 lvl.: Mastodon, also Flote, Pleroma, Minds

    0 lvl.: Alternative to X (U.S.), Gettr (U.S.), Sina Weibo (China)

    • Social Network
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    Screenshot of the Mastodon web interface
  6. Minds icon

    Social Network 1 lvl.: Minds, Diaspora, Friendica, MeWe, Movim

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Facebook (U.S.), VK (Russia) & etc.

    • Social Network
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • ...
    Minds.com homepage
  7. Steemit icon

    1 lvl.: Steemit, Tildes, Poal.co

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Reddit

    • ...
    Steemit screenshot 1
  8. Pixelfed icon

    1 lvl.: Pixelfed

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Instagram *https://pixelfed.social/ (https://www.patreon.com/dansup/overview)

    • ...
    Pixelfed screenshot 1
  9. Bandcamp icon
    • ...
    Bandcamp screenshot 1
  10. Icedrive icon
    • ...
    Icedrive screenshot 1
  11. Smartphone

  12. LineageOS icon

    1 lvl.: LineageOS + Open GApps (nano or pico ver.)

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Android (Google - U.S.), iOS (Apple - U.S.), MIUI (Xiaomi - China), HarmonyOS (Huawei - China), ColorOS (OPPO/BBK - China), Tizen OS (Samsung - South Korea) & etc.

    2 lvl.: LineageOS +/- microG (or LineageOS for microG) Also /e/ (Samsung S7/Edge, S9/+ & others) & Sailfish OS (Jolla C, Sony Xperia X, XA2) 3 lvl.: Replicant (Samsung Galaxy S2/3, Note/2, Nexus)

    • Mobile OS
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • ...
    Homescreen
    Notification Shade
    Settings
  13. OpenBoard icon

    1-3 lvl.: OpenBoard, also FlorisBoard, Simple Keyboard, AnySoftKeyboard

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Gboard (https://alternativeto.net/software/gboard-go/about/), Microsoft SwiftKey, TouchPal Keyboard & etc.

    0,5 lvl.: Fleksy with the "do not track" option turned on

    • ...
    OpenBoard screenshot 1
    OpenBoard screenshot 2
    OpenBoard screenshot 3
  14. F-Droid icon

    1-3 lvl.: F-Droid and +/- Aurora Store

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Google Play Store, Amazon Appstore, Samsung Galaxy Store, Huawei AppGallery & etc.

    3 lvl.: Directly from the developers

    • App Store
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • ...
    F-Droid screenshot 1
    F-Droid screenshot 2
    F-Droid screenshot 3
  15. QKSMS icon

    Alternative SMS client 1 lvl.: QKSMS

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Google Messages

    2-3 lvl.: Silence IM

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    QKSMS screenshot 1
    QKSMS screenshot 2
    QKSMS screenshot 3
  16. K-9 Mail icon

    Alternative eMail client 1-3 lvl.: K-9 Mail, also FairEmail

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Yandex Mail & etc.

    • Email Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    K-9 Mail screenshot 1
  17. Telegram icon

    0,5 lvl.: Telegram, Signal

    0 lvl.: Alternative to WhatsApp (U.S.), Viber (Luxembourg & Japan), Skype (U.S.), Facebook Messenger (U.S.), Hangouts (U.S.), Google Duo (U.S.), LINE (Japan), WeChat (China), Tencent QQ (China), ICQ (Russia) & etc.

    1 lvl.: Wire (Switzerland) 2 lvl.: Element 3 lvl.: Jami, Briar

    • Group Chat App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • HUAWEI AppGallery
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Linux Mobile
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com
    • FreeBSD
    • ...
    Telegram Desktop
  18. Bromite icon
    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Bromite screenshot 1
    Bromite screenshot 2
    Bromite screenshot 3
  19. Simple Calendar icon

    1-3 lvl.: Simple Calendar, also Etar

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Google Calendar

    0,5 lvl.: TimeTree - calendar for sharing

    • Calendar App
    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    • ...
    Simple Calendar screenshot 1
    Simple Calendar screenshot 2
    Simple Calendar screenshot 3
  20. NewPipe icon

    Alt. Android client for YouTube Also SkyTube

    • YouTube Client
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • SoundCloud
    • YouTube Music
    • Bandcamp
    • YouTube
    • F-Droid
    • PeerTube
    • ...
    Trending,
  21. Organic Maps icon

    1-3.: Organic Maps, also OsmAnd

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Google Maps (and Waze), Apple Maps, Yandex Maps, MAPS.ME & etc.

    4 lvl.: Paper maps exist. Alternatively, ask the local people if you can't get somewhere.

    • ...
    Organic Maps screenshot 1
    Organic Maps screenshot 2
    Organic Maps screenshot 3
  22. Turtl icon

    Alternative for Evernote & etc.

    Also Joplin & Zoho Notebook

    • Note-taking Tool
    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • ...
    Turtl screenshot 1
  23. PC

  24. Linux Mint icon

    1 lvl.: Linux Mint, also worth mentioning: elementary OS, Solus or modified ver. of Windows 7 (yeah, i know) - version without telemetry, CEIP and other things

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Windows 11 (https://alternativeto.net/software/windows-10/about/, Windows 8), macOS, Chrome OS, Ubuntu, KDE neon, Fedora & Deepin

    2 lvl.: Trisquel, PureOS 3 lvl. (no systemd): Salix , Devuan, antiX, GNU Guix, Void Linux, Parabola, 4 lvl.: Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre, OpenBSD

    • ...
    Linux Mint screenshot 1
  25. LibreWolf icon

    1-2 lvl.: LibreWolf or Ungoogled Chromium + Tor Browser

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari, Opera (Opera heavily spies on you), Vivaldi, Brave, Waterfox (sold to pay-per-click ad company System1 in oct-dec 2019), Yandex Browser & etc.

    3 lvl.: UNIX Web Browser, Otter Browser

    • Web Browser
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AppImageHub
    • Linux Mint
    • Arch Linux
    • Gentoo
    • Flathub
    • Fedora
    • Ubuntu
    • Debian
    • OpenBSD
    • ...
    Homeage
  26. Wire icon

    1 lvl.: Wire 0 lvl.: Alternative to Skype, Discord, Hangouts, WeChat, ICQ, LINE & etc. 2 lvl.: Element 3 lvl.: Jami

    • Group Chat App
    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • ...
    Wire screenshot 1
    Wire screenshot 2
    Wire screenshot 3
  27. ONLYOFFICE icon

    1 lvl.: ONLYOFFICE

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

    2-3 lvl.: LibreOffice (https://alternativeto.net/software/libreoffice-writer/, LibreOffice - Calc, LibreOffice - Impress)

    • Word Processor
    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Flathub
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Flatpak
    • Cloudron
    • ...
    ONLYOFFICE screenshot 1
  28. SumatraPDF icon

    1 lvl.: SumatraPDF,

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader

    • ...
    SumatraPDF screenshot 1
  29. nomacs icon

    1 lvl.: nomacs

    0 lvl.: Alternative to Microsoft Photos, ImageGlass

    • Image Viewer
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • FreeBSD
    • Flathub
    • ...
    nomacs screenshot 1
  30. AIMP icon

    1 lvl.: AIMP

    • Audio Player
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • PortableApps.com
    • ...
    AIMP screenshot 1
  31. PicoTorrent icon

    1 lvl.: PicoTorrent - sadly only for Windows, but best in my opinion

    0 lvl.: Alternative to µTorrent, BitTorrent

    2-3 lvl.: Transmission & qBittorrent

    • ...
    PicoTorrent screenshot 1
  32. GOG.com icon

    1 lvl. (without DRM): GOG.com, also worth mentioning Humble Bundle & itch.io

    0 lvl. Alternative to Steam, Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, EA App (https://alternativeto.net/software/ea-origin/about/), Battle.net, Xbox App & etc.

    • Game Store
    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • ...
    GOG.com start page
  33. KeePassXC icon

    KeePassXC is a community fork of KeePassX, the cross-platform port of KeePass for Windows. Every feature is cross-platform and tested to give users the same feel on each operating system, including the loved auto-type feature.

    • Password Manager
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AppImageHub
    • Snapcraft
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Flathub
    • PortableApps.com
    • Flatpak
    • Homebrew
    • Chocolatey
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • ...
    Welcome Screen
  34. 7-Zip icon

    File archiver with a high compression ratio.

    • File Archiver
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • ReactOS
    • ...
    Main Window
  35. VeraCrypt icon

    VeraCrypt is a free and libre source (open source) disk encryption software brought to you by https://www.idrix.fr

    • ...
    Langage
  36. Open Video Downloader (youtube-dl-gui) icon

    A cross-platform GUI for youtube-dl made in Electron and node.js.

    • YouTube Downloader
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • FFmpeg
    • youtube-dl
    • Electron / Atom Shell
    • Node.JS
    • ...
    Open Video Downloader (youtube-dl-gui) screenshot 1

This list was created by Dante_17 Jun 4, 2018 and was last updated Mar 7, 2023. The list has 33 apps.

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Jezebelisgone
CommentDec 19, 2022

Great list! Bookmarked. Thank you!

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