Cloud Computing

On this page information on Cloud Computing services is collected. The focus is on decentralized Free Software services that will respect users freedom.

Information Material






A list of "cloud" services and their free alternatives is available from the FreedomBox Project and Libre Projects

Social Networks


  • OneSocialWeb

    • decentralised social networking platform, based on XMPP, and developed by the Vodafone R&D group

  • GNU social

  • Peerscape

  • Friendika

  • Appleseed

  • buddycloud

    • a location based, mobile social community
    • uses XMPP and OStatus

  • Jappix

    • XMPP based distributed social network that can be used with existing jabber accounts
  • kopal

  • DiSo Project

  • The Socknet

  • 6d

  • NoseRub

    • another decentralised social network
    • defines the social network and some basic content types like media, links, micropublishing and text
  • SocialRiver

    • OStatus-based software that works with WordPress and BuddyPress to create a decentralized federated social networking platform

  • Elgg

    • social networking engine that was initially aimed at educational and learning groups, but has now entered general use
    • not decentralized
  • Lorea

    • social network primarily used by political activists, based on elgg
  • DiSo Project

    • a initiative to build a distributed social network architecture using microformats, OpenID, OAuth and other building blocks
  • Pontarius

  • Ampify

    • decentralised, social platform as a web application framework allowing others to create social apps on top of it
  • Secure Share

    • high privacy social P2P framework based on psyc and gnunet



  • Crabgrass

  • BuddyPress

  • Dreamwidth


    • allows to create multiple collaborative group, webspace, community or social networking websites
    • people can connect to a group to contribute using OpenID


  • GNU Media Goblin

    • distributed replacement for Flickr, DeviantArt, Picasa etc.

    • might be extended from images to video, music etc. later on
    • Python, OStatus

Document editing


  • GNU FM (powering e.g.: LibreFM)

    • distributed replacement for Last.FM
    • for social aspects, it will depend on GNU Social (or other compatible solution)


  • Fripost

    • Fripost is a democratic organisation providing free and reliable email service to its members. It was founded by Fellows in Göteborg.
  • Grésille

    • French community mail provider local to Grenoble

Voice and Video over IP

  • GNU Free Call - Announcement

    • decentralized SIP extension with planned GUI configuration
    • supports standard secure SIP clients


Web Storage

  • ownCloud

  • SparkleShare

  • Tahoe-LAFS

  • GNUnet

  • duplicity

  • dvcs-autosync

    • replacement for Dropbox/Wuala/ based on distributed version control systems
    • nearly instantaneous mutual updates/syncronization
    • can be used with any DVCS hosting option including a completely separate server

    • It allows users to backup and share certain folders of their workstations using any kind of storage, e.g. FTP, Amazon S3 or Google Storage. (Drobox, SparkleShare alternative)

Freedom Boxes

Please note that the following initiatives include commercial hardware vendors and might include non-free software.

  • Debian FreedomBox

  • DreamPlug

  • TonidoPlug

  • SheevaPlug -> GuruPlug

  • Soxyd

    • designed to be hosted on a small-size server
    • will install mail, jabber and web servers
    • easily create a blog, or a social network, in a decentralized and interconnected way
  • FeeAgent Dockstar (ships with non-free software)

  • Not a Box, but helpful here: PageKite

    • A reverse-proxy/tunneling protocol to expose localhost HTTP/HTTPS/SSH/... servers to the public Internet, working around problems caused by NAT and firewalls.

Different Approaches

  • Unhosted

    • an unhosted website is only source code running in browser
    • dynamic data is encrypted and decentralised to per-user storage nodes
    • website uses protocol to securely retrieve information from storage node
    • see also the Fellowship Interview

  • My Profile

    • manages accounts and profiles that users have on the Internet
    • provides and stores unified user account or profile under the user’s control
  • Locker project

    • A Locker is a container for personal data, which gives the owner the ability to control how it's protected and shared. It retrieves and consolidates data from multiple sources, to create a single collection of the things you see and do online: the photos you take, the places you visit, the links you share, contact details for the people you communicate with, and much more. It also provides flexible APIs for developers to build rich applications with access to all of this information.
  • BringMyInformationHome

    • RDF based storage engine, on your own home computer. Web services work by accessing the data on your own server, once you have given the service permission. No running code yet.