I want to be able (or at least have the choice) to manage nearly all my personal data and activities on Internet (mail, pictures, browsing history, purchase, etc.).
A lot of tools exist and the most famous are easily installable, useable and free.
The main problem is: most of them are developed by only a few economic players that can’t nor don’t want to guarantee and protect my digital independence.
That’s why I think it’s important to be able to host myself my data and my services:
- where I want (a dedicated server, at home, in the cloud, etc.)
- with the tools I chose
I am also a partisan of simplicity. A tool I choose and on which I will form myself:
- must be tied to the tasks it had been chosen (I don’t need a white elephant)
- must be easily maintenable (no magical update processes)
- must provide the source code
- must not jail the user for his future choices (I want interoperability)
- must show its will to protect its users (if feasible)
Sometimes, no tools will meet those criterions:
- so I try to develop it myself
- and sometimes, I have to make concessions
In any case, it’s a long and tedious work and it will likely have no ending .