Getting out of Google Services
Being a netizen, its a long time ambition for me to be self sufficient to run the basic online services needed. Basic services for me on internet include:
- Website / Blog
- Storage / Data Sync
Earlier, these were distributed over multiple providers, but now mostly revolves around Google. GMail for Mail, Google Analytics in Websites, Google drive for cloud storage, again Google Contacts, GTalk/Hangouts, Google+, etc. So, its also an effort to get out of Google services with minimum effect on usability.
These are what I am planning to achieve in a month time.
Mail – Run a own mailserver using Dovecot/Postfix with IMAP/SMTP clients
Website / Blog – Self hosted Blog (Already running WordPress with Piwik for analytics)
Storage / Data Sync – ownCloud with Desktop and mobile Clients
Contacts – ownCloud with clients supporting CardDAV for mobile and PC
Calender – ownCloud with clients supporting CalDAV for mobile and PC
IM – XMPP server and client, supports communication with Gmail accounts
Some of these can be achieved by a shared hosting and the rest with a VPS/Virtual Server. For other google services like Search, Social Network and Mailing List, there are already alternatives. Will try to document each of the services separately.
Since I am using Debian in my Desktop/Laptop and Android on Mobile, some of the commands and tools will be specific to the platforms.