I managed to successfully replace branches of Google and Microsoft monopolies for personal use: #Hey for mail, #Ecosia for search, #Firefox for browsing (desktop & mobile), and Murena + /e/ + Fairphone for smartphones. These migrations were mostly painless.

I'm still stuck with others though: 🧵

2⃣ Google Maps: Now juggling #OrganicMaps + Citymapper + waze (the latter owned by Alphabet anyway). Organic Maps is still a big lacking & buggy: many UX issues, navigation a bit choppy github.com/organicmaps/organic.

#openstreetmap #osm data is awesome but I miss the restaurant reviews available on GMaps nonetheless.

3⃣ GitHub: I could migrate my projects over to @codeberg or #gitlab at any time, but I foresee friction for new contributors, lack of cross-references with dependencies already on GH, and in general less visibility of my open source work. Network effects all the way down.

I believe the solution we need to address these pain points is to have more successful Commercial Open Source companies. But (1) they have to offer an excellent UX/DX and (2) we need to embrace paying money for useful services, since operation costs are never free.

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@astrojuanlu I agree with you on both points. 1) becomes more achievable when there is sufficient funding for dev work, which is more likely with 2) is in place. The platform cooperative movement is actively working on addressing both points.

@strypey Indeed! I'm a big believer in cooperatives to achieve this. Although at the moment #COSS (commercial open-source, usually vc-backed) is leading the way.

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