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01:32 What is Framasoft
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Framasoft is a french non profit, that was founded in 2004, is financed by user donations, and they provide a LOT of privacy focused, free and open source tools you can use.
Let's start with one important project, which is called CHATONS, which means Kittens in French. CHATONS is a collective designed to let users find alternatives to big tech services. It's also a simple website that lets you search for a specific service, like a VPN, cloud storage, note taking, or more, so you can find a trustworthy service that provides that.
Now, let's look at a few tools Framasoft offer for productivity.
First is Framapad, a lightweight equivalent to Google Docs. It won't give you all the features Docs have, but that's not the goal. The goal is to have a collaborative, online note taking tool that will be enough for a lot of users.
The spreadsheet pendant of Framapad is FramaCalc, which is a simple online spreadsheet app you can also access without creating an account. While the interface isn't the most user friendly ever, it's serviceable enough. It's also free software, using the CPAL license, and it's based on Ethercalc.
You also have FramaForms, a Google forms alternative that lets you create a quick survey, and share it with others so they can fill it in. There's also Framindmaps, which as its name implies, lets you create mind maps, and Framacarte, which lets you create custom maps based on Open Street maps.
Now for organizing your daily life, Framasoft also has a bunch of tools available.
The first one is Framagenda, which is nothing less than your own Nextcloud calendar, with all its features: you can create your calendars, events in them, and connect it to any Nextcloud compatible app, including the GNOME or KDE Online accounts if you want.
Next is FramaDate, which lets you create a small poll for a few dates, so people can tell you which date and time works best for them. It's basically similar to something like Doodle.com, where people can enter their name, and say for each date and time if they're available or not.
If you're trying to organize a bigger event, Framasoft also has an alternative, called Mobilizon. You'll need to create an account to use this. You can then create your own event, complete with a category, some tags, start and end dates, a location, description, a website URL...
If what you want is a simple video conference tool, there's Framatalk, which will let you create a Jitsi meeting without an account or anything, and invite other people in it.
For discussion groups, there's Framavox. It will require an account for everyone participating in the group, and it lets you creates conversations, polls, share files, create sub groups, and more. Think of it as a Facebook page cross-bred with a small private forum.
And if you were looking for something like Slack or Discord, but open source, there's FramaTeam, which is based on Mattermost, an almost perfect 1:1 clone of Slack, using the MIT license.
And of course, they have other projects as well. Framalistes lets you create a mailing list and manage people who subscribe to them, Framagames will give you a compilation of small games you can play in your browser, like 2048, Sudoku, SOlitaire, Tetris, Framinetest is their own Minetest server, an open source minecraft clone, and Framasoft also created Peertube, the peer to peer, activityPub enabled alternative to Youtube.