If you're an advanced user looking for , you might like to check out switching.social's most overlooked sections:

👩‍💻 👨‍💻 Alternatives For Advanced Users - sites like switching.social but aimed at technically-aware people

🔥 Bubbling Under - Alternatives that are close to being listed on the main part of the site, and are already very useful


Hope they weren't too scared in the weather you had recently?

is a UK-based wholesaler-owned bookshop with home delivery or collection from local indie bookshops (who get a cut of the sale):


You can also adopt a local bookshop, who get a cut of your orders regardless of delivery method.

Pro Tip: If you want to be *really* supportive of your local bookshop, phone/email them to order through them directly. Price and delivery time is the same, but they get a bigger share of the price.

MobiliZon: the new Framasoft project designed to create platforms for managing communities and events (libre alternative to Meetups and Facebook groups) - joinmobilizon.org/en/

is a service that makes Mastodon look like Twitter.

You can use it at one of the instances listed here:


You can find the Halcyon source code and install it on your own server here:


(You can also install it via @yunohost)

You can follow the developers here:


Opinion | Congress May Have Fallen for Facebook’s Trap, but You Don’t Have To - The New York Times - nytimes.com/2018/12/12/opinion #rr

Reminder: you are welcome to join us on January to discuss about Funkwhale, what we should do, how, etc.

Details are here: socialhub.network/t/funkwhale- :)

Rappel : vous êtes les bienvenu·es pour vous joindre à nous début janvier pour discuter de Funkwhale et de son avenir.

Tout les détails sont sur socialhub.network/t/funkwhale- :)


For people interested in joining Funkwhale, there's an onboarding site here too:



I would actually love to put Searx front and centre due to its open nature, but the results page is a bit scary and I can imagine non-technical people going back to Google as it's easier to use.

(Searx is listed though, below Qwant.)

By the way, I have been warned about Qwant being owned by a large commercial publisher too.

This is the problem with search, every option has something against it. Alternatives almost always tend to be "lesser evils" in some way.

@miya @xenome

I think we have different ideas about what is difficult for non-technical users.


It's not "by association", she's one of the founders of StartPage.

@miya @xenome

uMatrix's official website's first words are "definitely for advanced users". I can't recommend something like that on my site.

Privacy Badger and uBlock Origin together are extremely easy to use and block trackers/cookies, they run absolutely fine on my cheap laptop.


Could you point me to some information about why DDG is "compromised"?

Qwant is already on there, just scroll the page down a bit.

uMatrix's page says it's for advanced users.

Startpage is run by very odd people who think RFID tags are a satanic prophecy. I've posted about them before, and I'm not recommending them to anyone.

AFAIK Chromium-based browsers are compromised due to their Google-based origins, so I hesitate to recommend them.

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mastodon.at is open to all users and federates with most instances.

🇩🇪 🇦🇹 🇨🇭 mastodon.at ist offen für alle User und ist mit vielen anderen Instanzen verbunden.