All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?

This is one of the worst deals in history.

@njoseph the $ cost is not the major barrier. I have a friend who can do email and FB, but thinks a wiki with a WYSIWYG editor requires a "tech whiz" to operate (their words). Geeks tend to heavily under-appreciate how much experience-based knowledge we hold, and how complicated learning new digital tools and processes is for most people

@njoseph IMHO breaking folks out of the #DataFarms requires every geek to set up a VPS (or box-in-the-closet) for their tribe (150 closest family and friends), and actively trained anyone keen to learn how to do the same; #CommunityHosting more so than #SelfHosting

@strypey

Woah. I think you just landed a major way geeks can help move this sort of thing forward.

Declare yourself captain of a small ship, metaphorically speaking.

@njoseph

@RussSharek @strypey People are already doing community hosting. Some notable examples are and .

FreedomBox was involved in community hosting too, in a few villages and university campuses. That reminds me. I should continue writing this WikiBook.
en.wikibooks.org/wiki/FreedomB

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@strypey @RussSharek Yes, in fact, I maintain a list of alternatives to .

freedombone
Yunohost
Cloudron
Lima
PirateBox
LibraryBox
sandstorm.io
sovereign
urbit
ubos
home-box
homelabos
Antsle

Maybe I should put this list on my wiki.

@njoseph @RussSharek definitely good to have this list available on a public web page. Are they all distros that can run on a box-in-the-closet though? That's the use case for F-Box, F-Bone, and YUNO. My understand is that Cloudron and Sandstorm, for example, need more resources than a box-in-the-closet can realistically provide

@strypey @RussSharek Added them to my private wiki for now. Have to decide on which public wiki to put it on later.

njoseph.me/mediawiki/index.php

Will update the urls soon.

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