OPEN SOURCE DATABASE

Link Name About Notes
https://www.fsf.org/ Free Software Foundation "The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is a nonprofit with a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom. " A great place to start if you're looking for information about the FOSS movement. The website not only has several interesting articles about computer freedom, but also has a wiki that has several lists of libre software to use and download. A little dense, but a great read.
https://switching.software/ Switching Software "Ethical, easy-to-use and privacy-conscious alternatives to well-known software" If you're intimidated by FOSS, this website can help guide you to find some alternatives to popular programs. It's organized by website or software, and each article usually has a few examples of alternatives.
https://degooglisons-internet.org/en/alternatives/ De-google-ify Internet "Framasoft aims to offer around thirty free alternative services to provide a substitute for those services which, once they get hold of us, proceed to feed upon our data." This website is more based on removing google products for your life, but still has a nice organized list of popular software alternatives, from browsers to games. It still gets modified somewhat often, but there may be some dead links to watch out for.
https://computefreely.org/ Compute Freely "There is a virtually endless number of Free and Open Source Software-based operating system, each with its own philosophy and purpose, look and feel, and out-of-the-box experience. This site distills the hundreds available into a curated selection, ranging from the beginner-friendly to the super technical." One of the most common things you'll see when researching Libre software is people telling you to switch to Linux. The problem? Linux is really intimidating for beginners! This website tells you about various Linux distributions, how user friendly they are, and some information about what they're like to use. A lot of libre software is made almost entirely for Linux, so it's worth checking out!
https://opensource.com/ Open Source "Opensource.com is a premier, daily publication focused on open source and Linux tutorials, stories, and resources."" Linux oriented but also has several articles on FOSS including alternatives but also just interesting programs that are being made. They also have some resources and fun e-books to read if you're looking to learn more about various programs or about FOSS in general.
https://entraide.chatons.org/en/ Free Software Online Services "Free-software services from the CHATONS collective, to decentralize and discover a web on a human scale, united and respectful of your privacy." CHATONS is a french organization that stands for: Collectif des Hébergeurs Alternatifs, Transparents, Ouverts, Neutres et Solidaires. Fortunately, this website is in English. It's a hub for some of their online services, such as a collaborative writing website, file sharing, and even a secure texting service. Some of these sites are in French, but still fairly easy to use even without knowing the language.
https://itsfoss.com/ It's FOSS "It’s FOSS is an award-winning web-portal that focuses on Open Source in general and Linux in particular." Another website similar to Opensource.com that writes articles about various FOSS products, particularly Linux. This website has a focus on beginners and has several tutorials for those who may be new to Linux and open source software. They also have some listicles about software or Linux distros with little reviews.
https://www.theopensourceway.org/the_open_source_way-guidebook-2.0.pdf The Open Source Way Guidebook "In particular, this guide is a living document that endeavors to gather and spread a diverse group ofvoices who are similarly (and somewhat-opinionatedly) collecting the best ways to create andmanage an open source software community." This guidebook is a wonderful read for those looking to get involved in the open source software community online. It goes over how to contribute, inclusivity in online spaces, and even how to create your own open source project.
https://disroot.org/en Disroot "Disroot is a project based in Amsterdam which is maintained by volunteers and depends on the support of its community. We originally created Disroot out of personal need, we were looking for software we could use to communicate, share and organize within our circles. Most of the available solutions were missing the key elements that we find important; Our tools should be open, decentralized, federated and respectful towards freedom and privacy." Disroot is, as the about section says, a project based in Amsterdam that looks to create open-source tools for all to use. The website has links to their services, such as cloud services, email, a forum, a spreadsheet service, and more. It also has resources for you to help out, with a technical level guide so you can know what you're getting into.
https://prism-break.org/en/ Prism Break "Opt out of global data surveillance programs like PRISM, XKeyscore and Tempora." If you're looking to leave less of an online footprint, Prism Break is the website for you. It has platform based alternatives for various websites and services so you can keep your data as safe as possible.
https://riseup.net/en Riseup " Riseup provides online communication tools for people and groups working on liberatory social change. We are a project to create democratic alternatives and practice self-determination by controlling our own secure means of communications. " Riseup is a platform largely meant for activists, which means that it has a lot of great data security options, and has a free VPN and an email server for you to use. While not strictly FOSS, it's a great resource for data security and they do recommend open source programs.
reddit.com/r/opensource the Open Source subreddit "A subreddit for everything open source related." If you're a reddit user, you may like knowing about /r/opensource. Its active and has a lot of news regarding open source software, as well as links to new software that's being developed. A good place to learn about projects.
https://up-for-grabs.net/#/ Up for Grabs "Explore open source projects and jump in!" If you're looking to get involved with open source projects, this website is great. It's a list of open source projects that curates lists of tasks that new users can help with. If you have any coding experience, or are looking to get some, this would be a great place to look. The best way to learn is by doing!
https://github.com/humanetech-community/awesome-humane-tech/blob/main/README.md#awesome-humane-tech-- Awesome Humane Tech "This list aggregates open-source projects that are directly related to humane tech topics." Humane tech refers to tech that minimizes the negative impacts of things like social media and surveillance. With the tech listed here, you don't have to worry about intrusive practices or social media addiction. If you're looking to deal with a social media addiction, want to change platforms, or just want to be more secure online, I recommend going through this list. It's huge!
https://github.com/johnjago/awesome-free-software Awesome Free Software "Software in this list is distributed under terms that allow anyone to use, modify, and share the software for any purpose." Another list curated by the Awesome group, this one is just for FOSS! It's well organized and has a list of resources at the bottom for learning more about free software.
https://opensource.builders/ Opensource Builders "Find open-source alternatives for your favorite apps" Another website for finding open-source alternatives to apps, but this one is more focused on web development, so you can filter by language and what you want it to do.
https://www.privacytools.io/ Privacy Tools "You are being watched. Private and state-sponsored organizations are monitoring and recording your online activities. PrivacyTools provides services, tools and knowledge to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance." Privacytools is all about online privacy. It tells you great alternatives to popular services that may not be very good for your online privacy, and has advice on how to keep yourself a little more secure. It also makes sure that all of the software it recommends as replacements are open-source!
https://www.osalt.com/ Osalt "Our mission is to provide easy access to high quality open source alternatives to well-known commercial products. And remember that open source software is also a freeware alternative." Another website with a list of alternatives to popular software. Well organized and quite thorough.