Collection:SaaSS

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This table lists software replacements for Service as a Software Substitute (or SaaSS, for short).

Service as a Software Substitute means a network service that offers to do a job that ought in principle to be doable locally on your own computers(s). These jobs don't inherently depend on any network usage; indeed, involving the network in them at all is a gratuitous problem.

The right way to do such a job, the way that doesn't spy on you or take away your control of the job, is to do it in your own computer, with exclusively free software of course.

Thus, the free replacement for a SaaSS service is a free program that you can run locally to do basically the same job.

While solving the problem of SaaSS may seem sufficient, this doesn't solve other issues related to centralization and lack of standardization or of security. This page preferably lists software that helps people self-host their activities in the Internet while also providing some level of federation with other hosts; secondly, it lists replacements for some SaaSS variants in case there is no federated or no distributed self-hosted equivalent.

For end-users

Type Free program[1][2] SaaSS to Replace
Real-time editor Etherpad

Gobby

Google Docs text editor
Office suite LibreOffice Microsoft Office 365
Satellite navigation Navit Google Maps
Social network service Hpp-logo.png Diaspora

Friendica
GNU social
Mastodon
Prosody
pump.io
Twister
Weechat-scripts

Facebook
Google+
Twitter
Linkedin
Streaming video-on-demand Tribler

Popcorntime.sh

Netflix
E-mail client Claws Mail

Evolution

Google Gmail webmail
Mail.ru webmail
Microsoft Hotmail webmail
Microsoft Live webmail
Microsoft MSN webmail
Microsoft Outlook.com webmail
Yahoo! Mail webmail
Yandex Mail webmail
Image editing GIMP

Inkscape

Flickr photo editor
Instagram photo editor
Video editing Blender YouTube video editor

For organizations

Type Free SaaSS[1][3] SaaSS to Replace
Collaborative real-time editor Emacs + rudel

Etherpad
Gobby

Google Docs, Google Sheets
E-learning platform Moodle Google Classroom
Internet radio GNU FM last.fm
Internet radio streaming Icecast Radionomy
Office suite EtherCalc

Etherpad
PHPOffice

Google Docs, Google Sheets, Microsoft Office 365
Online money transfer system Electrum

GNU Taler
Monero Core

PayPal
Google Wallet
Online storage, data synchronization Nextcloud

OnionShare
ownCloud
Sparkleshare
Syncthing
Tahoe-LAFS

Amazon Drive
Amazon S3
Apple iCloud
Dropbox
Google Drive
Microsoft OneDrive
Yandex Disk
Satellite navigation Navit Google Maps
Social network service Hpp-logo.png Crabgrass

matrix-synapse

Facebook
Google+
Twitter
Linkedin
Source code hosting facilities Savane SourceForge
Streaming video-on-demand Tribler

Popcorntime.sh

Netflix
E-mail client Mail-in-a-Box

mailcow: dockerized
Mailpile
Roundcube
SOGo
SquirrelMail

Google Gmail
Mail.ru
Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Hotmail
Microsoft Live
Microsoft MSN
Microsoft Outlook.com
Yahoo! Mail
Yandex Mail
Web search engine GigaBlast Search

Searx
YaCy

Google Search
Microsoft Bing
Yahoo! Search
Web server, media hosting and sharing GNU MediaGoblin Flickr
Imgur
Instagram
Picasa
Tumblr
YouTube
Vimeo

Unsorted

Static Source Code Analyzers

Adlint
It can point out insecure or nonportable code fragments, and can measure various quality metrics of the source code. It (currently) can analyze source code compliant with ANSI C89 / ISO C90 and partly ISO C99.

When used in conjunction with other free software, this could serve as the beginnings of a replacement for Coverity Scan


Analytics Platforms

Piwik
A suitable replacement for Google Analytics, for analyzing web user traffic on your website. Supports integration with popular web revision systems.


Code hosting platforms

GitBucket
A comprehensive Git-based software forge written in Scala.


Gitea
A community fork of Gogs.


GitLab
GitLab Community Edition is a comprehensive Git-based software forge written in Ruby.


Gogs
A lightweight Git hosting service written in Go.


Kallithea
Kallithea is a fast and powerful management tool for Git and Mercurial with a built-in push/pull server, full text search and code-review.


Translation platforms

Weblate
Weblate is a free/libre replacement of Transifex. It comes with an interface using Bootstrap.


Notes

  1. This is a selection of the more common free software applications, and is nothing like a comprehensive list.
  2. Software which is run locally by the user, without the need to have any server running.
  3. Software which can be installed and controlled by an organization, on the organization's servers to do the organization's jobs. For instance, if the organization would like its members, staff or contributors to work together to edit something, it could tell them to use Google Docs, but that would be SaaSS: Google would have control of the organization's computing. What it should do instead is run Etherpad or some other free tool on a machine the organization controls.

See also



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