Integration of new Cloud Services Librem One

asked 2019-05-02 22:24:01 +0300

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updated 2019-05-04 08:55:05 +0300

Free (in the sense of open, not free beer), secure and trusted mobile communications need nowadays three components: (1) hardware and technical infrastructres you can trust, (2) an OS and software you can trust, (3) and cloud based services you can trust as well.

I won't discuss the first point, obviously there are too many concerns and almost no answers. For the second question, well, still not happy with it from a security viewpoint, but at least Sailfish OS is some kind of alternative. And same goes for the native apps, not sure how much we can trust some of them. But for the third point, besides using your own owncloud-server, there is little to no alternative to the major players.

Recently, the linux hardware and OS company Purism has started a project named "Librem One" (https://librem.one) which promises a "bundle of ethical services". If the project succeeds, mail, chat, vpn, social platform and more services could become a new and privacy respecting ecosystem for mobile devices, without tracking, spying, advertising and so on (excepting legal requests for data, but that's inevitable). Of course, this is not free but comes at a price, which is far more honest than having to pay with your personal data for a supposedly "free service".

Now: how about if Sailfish OS would embrace maybe at the OS level, but at least at the level of community apps, a way of easily interfacing with these librem services through a set of native apps? I remember there was one try by Jolla to collaborate with an indie cloud storage company, but this never got really working. How about trying it now with another partner? (even knowing that they also try to develop and alternative mobile device). Moreover, it seems to be they're using well known open protocols for their services, so this should be feasible, maybe even reusing existing code....

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I just want to note a relation to this question.

Maus ( 2019-05-02 22:46:19 +0300 )edit

Yes there is a relation, but it's not only about a cloud storage, but a whole ecosystem with many other (communication) services.

melg01 ( 2019-05-02 22:53:57 +0300 )edit
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I would also want to include nextcloud services too since they have apps that do similar and more.

marxistvegan ( 2019-05-02 23:25:35 +0300 )edit

For Librem Social, we already have Tooter which is pretty good. Similarly, GhostCloud works well in my hands and its recently-added support for multiple accounts makes it even more useful.

Librem Chat needs a native Matrix client. The fact that we don't have one yet is something that pains me every time I think about it, although there is some promising early work by @cy8aer, that is partially functional, see:

You are right, that the gaps could be filled by the developer community if there is enough interest.

pakman ( 2019-05-03 01:14:09 +0300 )edit

Tooter is a nice start, UI is fine but really the functionality is really hit and miss. We need a client for the fediverse that's actively developed, which to my knowledge tooter is not

mynameisnotimportant ( 2019-05-03 04:33:01 +0300 )edit