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indietech.rocks was a session at IndieWeb Summit 2017.

Notes archived from: https://etherpad.indieweb.org/indietechrocks
Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiOllTcvj1o

IndieWeb Summit 2017

Session: IndieTech.Rocks: Create site listing products that don’t screw us

When: 2017-06-24 14:00

Github Page: https://github.com/indietechrocks



  • Incorporates the folowing values:
    • I control my data
    • I have options
      • I can leave the service without losing too much
      • I can fork
      • Reasonable assurance that nothing happens behind my back that I don't know about and cannot prevent
  • Organized in a user friendly way that shows the known equivalent and then list replacements
    • You should be able to send non-technical or non-developer users here

Blogging / Communication / Social networking Tools

File sharing / hosting

Web search

IoT products

  • Replace: closed, cloud-integrated thermostat

Home Security

  • Some thing that replaces a closed security camera
  • Smart door lock


  • see below


  • Wordpress.com

A list of existing self-hosted software solutions that could be used as a starting point:

Categorize by:

  • product vs service
  • support available
  • ready-to-use solution vs. assembly required

How to consume the information:

  1. By category, like "home security", "social media" ...
  2. Compare to well-known, like alternative.to
  3. Support status
    • Is there a support number or helpful community
  4. Minimizing the number of recommended options
    • Making decisions easier

See Also