Using only free software

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Azulavis
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I like the idea of using only free software, but some services have no free software counterpart. Office 365, Netflix, Spotify, Steam, for example. Will Mint or Fedora be good enough for me, or do I really need Trisquel?

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It's best to avoid such "services":
https://ftp.gnu.org/video/lp2010-sat-rms+awards.ogv

We have LibreOffice (and others) for word processing, spreadsheets, etc. The GNU/Linux world has no shortage of programs for editing text. :)

And also:
https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/who-does-that-server-really-serve.en.html

Especially with DRM. Steam is nothing more than a mechanism to delivery proprietary software to people so living in the free world means avoiding it. Use the free software games we have. Help to make more; that's what I'm doing.

chaosmonk

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> Office 365

You can use Nextcloud, Etherpad, or Cryptpad, if you really need collaborative editing. Disroot[1] provides all of the above. If you just need software with MS Office compatibility, and up-to-date LibreOffice should work.

[1] https://disroot.org/en/#services

> Spotify

If you just need access to a large amount of music, you can probably find a lot using an Invidious instance[2]. If you want a Spotify-like recommendation system, you could try Nuclear[3].

[2] https://invidio.us/

[3] https://nuclear.js.org/

> Steam

Lutris[4] is a free replacement for Steam. Unfortunately most games are still proprietary, but if you insist on playing proprietary games it is better to so so in a way that avoids additional non-free software like Steam. However, there are also some free software games you may wish to try.[5]

[4] https://lutris.net/

[5] https://onpon4.github.io/articles/libre-games.html

> Netflix

This one is tougher. There is a pretty good free replacement for Netflix called Popcorn Time,[6] but using it to watch copyrighted restricted material is not legal.

[6] https://github.com/popcorn-official

Azulavis
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- Steam is nothing more than a mechanism to delivery proprietary software to people so living in the free world means avoiding it.

I'm addicted to one proprietary game, that uses Steam. Can't stop playing it for some reason. I've never heard of Lutris, I'll try it out.

- https://onpon4.github.io/articles/libre-games.html

I see WarZone 2100 in the list of free game. It was one of the favourite games of my childhood. Nice!

- LibreOffice

Does it work with Excel VBA macros? I have a lot of Excel and Word templates with macros.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions, there are a lot of new things for me to discover.

nadebula.1984
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Netflix and Steam are full of DRM (digital restrictions management), so stay as far away from them as you can.

VBA macro is a big problem. Even Microsoft tried its best to phase out VBA, but it's trapped by its own social inertia, too (and failed). The only solution is to re-write all macros using free/open programming languages.

Malsasa
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> The only solution is to re-write all macros using free/open programming languages.

I agree with nadebula.

chaosmonk

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> Does it work with Excel VBA macros? I have a lot of Excel and Word templates with macros.

I'm not sure. It looks like LibreOffice does have macros[1], but I've never used them myself and I don't know whether or not they are compaticle with Word/Excel macros. It's worth a try.

[1] https://documentation.libreoffice.org/assets/Uploads/Documentation/en/GS5.1/HTML/GS5113-GettingStartedWithMacros.html

> Thanks everyone for your suggestions, there are a lot of new things for me to discover.

No problem. If there's anything else you are looking for a free replacement for feel free to ask here and someone might be able to help.

I have also found alternativeto.net[2] to be a useful resource when looking for a free replacement for something proprietary. It is not particularly freedom-focused, recommending both free and proprietary alternatives, so you need to look into them yourself, but it's at least useful as a starting point.

I also recently found switching.software[3], which looks like it might be useful too, though I haven't spent a lot of time going through it yet.

[2] https://alternativeto.net/

[3] https://switching.software/

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For Office 365 I would suggest at least trying Libre Office. For Steam I would suggest trying Itch.io or GOG (if you don't mind being client free).

One way I saw it put once was that Trisquel gives you a clean slate from which you can dirty your own pool as you see fit. You can install Steam on Trisquel for instance. It works, I tried it to test an issue I was having with a game on my Manjaro system. At least on Trisquel the only non free software you get is what you yourself install where on Mint for instance you would have to go through the package list one by one trying to find non free packages to remove that the OS puts in by default.

hwpplayer1
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if you want to run only free software/free information database you need to read, write, modify existing source base. Here is the place for it.

thanks, and happy hacking

hwpplayer1
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Invidious has been gone to other way around, maintaining a project is so important as we understand.

Note: I'm testing software, so please do not reply for web browser. Another issue is pip and i'll make a forum thread for that. I tend to make another package manager for python. So i can say "we".

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chaosmonk

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> Invidious has been gone to other way around, maintaining a project is so important as we understand.

There are other instances. The Snopyta instance[1] works okay. There is also CloudTube.[2]

[1] https://invidious.snopyta.org/

[2] https://trisquel.info/en/forum/cloudtube-invidious-alternative

> Another issue is pip and i'll make a forum thread for that. I tend to make another package manager for python.

I have some thoughts regarding that, but I'll wait for you to make your other thread.