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Ecosystem Lock In

Postby STLShawn » Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:43 am

I use Microsoft's online services for work and Google's online services for my personal data. I don't think I am alone in this. They offer easy photo backup, some amount of document storage and access to online editors and whatnot. An example of why I use these services is my dependence on OneNote. It is very handy to have the same notebooks that I can access from any machine that is connected to the internet. I have notebooks for research, random data, diagrams, all sorts of things.

I don't like using these services and I don't fully trust the companies behind them, but these services are incredibly useful. If there was an infrastructure like "Ubuntu online" or something, I would definitely change. I do understand that the business model for hosting other people's email, photos, and other data would probably not work out well, but I do dream of having an email and databases at a service that believes in open source software.

Has anyone heard rumblings of such a thing, or is this just a fever dream?
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Re: Ecosystem Lock In

Postby Triviadave » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:41 pm

I think LibreOffice online has been mentioned a few times, used in conjunction with OwnCloud, so you keep all of your own data (as far as I am aware), try this:
https://owncloud.org/blog/libreoffice-online-has-arrived-in-owncloud/

On a side note, have you tried BasKet Note Pad (or similar name) as a replacement for OneNote? It has been some time since I used OneNote, so I can't compare feature sets, but it is the closest thing I have found to the version of OneNote I used many (many) years ago. Unfortunately it no longer seems to be in active development, but it is available in Ubuntu's repositories (and possibly other distros' too) to try.
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Re: Ecosystem Lock In

Postby Triviadave » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:45 pm

Just spotted how old the above link is. It looks like there was an update to version 2.0 yesterday, here is the link to instructions for installation:
https://www.collaboraoffice.com/code/
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