To use , in general, requires some degree of and on other and . I don’t have the resources or skill to build my own laptop or host my own instance. But the degree of dependence matters. , for example, could decide to go out of business tomorrow and discontinue or phase out support for its , , and . Those who have become deeply dependent on the Apple would be up a creek.

@dallin "Degree of dependence" is a great point that I've also learned in this journey. My original goal was to totally drop Google. I've come to accept the fact that that's not very realistic (at this point in time). However, I can certainly lessen my dependence on Google...which I'm doing one step at a time.

I ditch every Google service I can that doesn't drastically effect my daily life. I search with DuckDuckGo, email is Librem One, etc. The only thing I can't really replace realistically right now is YouTube and Google Maps.


@micahbp Librem One email confused me with the encryption process. If I send an email to somebody with an encrypted email service, do they get it as just a normal email or do they have to click some kind of link just to access the message? I also didn't like how they delete unencrypted email after 30 days...that would never fly for my work usage.

Same. It is confusing! But even so, you could use something like Proton Mail as well or host your own.

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