Used my recovery day to do a little geek tinkering, and now my calendar and contact list are being served up to my phone via nextcloud rather than Google.
I like to post about this stuff not just because it interests me, but I feel like people need to hear that these sorts of privacy enhancing shenanigans are possible for less technical users.
I'm not an IT person. At best I'm an enthusiast that can read documentation. I got it done, maybe you can too.
@RussSharek Well it's difficult, because I don't know that there is anybody who can objectively talk on the advantages of virtualisation when it depends on so much code, but Qubes breaks your activities on a computer in a number of different security zones, each of which is handled as a virtual machine. The USB is handled by a vm, the net by another. Theoretically, you could be compromised on one, leaving the others unexposed.
Mostly by following directions.
After getting nextcloud set up, I exported my Google data and used Thunderbird with the cardbook plugin to sort my contacts.
Once that was done, I used davdroid and the nextcloud client to sync my phone. The tricky thing there was to make sure I disabled syncing on the Google calendar and contact list.
I'm currently giving etar calendar a try on Android, because the gcal app keeps asking me to turn the Google syncing back on.
Go figure. :)
That’s exactly what I’m working on nowadays. Except that I’m a techy person who could totally do it given a day off. Shame on me, and kudos to you for doing it!
The biggest task in ungooglification is getting rid of email. It’s a real PITA to operate one’s own mail servers.