Welcome to the PwOSS - FAQ.
Get an overview of all already asked questions and answers about PwOSS.

 

What's PwOSS?

PwOSS is designed to create solutions for our digital lives with and for the community.
At least three distributions. To get a simple installation process for your digital devices. The focus is on privacy and open source software.
We want to cover the most important devices we use every day. At the moment we have 3 main goals that we want to achieve:

  1. Desktop
  2. Server
  3. Mobile

To easily connect to your server with your desktop and mobile device.

 

Why Gitea?

Gitea is light and easy to use. It has a large community and may have a federation option like Matrix* in the future.
The only problem at the moment are the wiki pages, because you can't create tutorials in the subfolder and the affiliations are not easy to see. There is also no TOC (table of contents). This makes the overview even more difficult**. You also need to clone the wiki of each repository separately, which can be very annoying when working on multiple projects at the same time.
For this reason we have moved large tutorials to our main Wiki service.

`* Federation
It's not fully clear but there are some ideas. Check github.com/go-gitea and github.com/forgefed.

** Giteas wiki
There are already pull requests available. Check github.com/go-gitea.

 

Why not GitHub, GitLab or others??

We had to create 3 organizations for our main devices (desktop, server and mobile). To achieve the clarity of the devices. To finally create multiple repositories for one device.

Device = Desktop = Organization - Desktop = Repositories (ISO, Installation, Documentation,...)
Device = Server = Organization - Server = Repositories (ISO, Installation, Documentation,...)
Device = Mobile = Organization - Mobile = Repositories (Custom ROM, Installation, Documentation,...)

This would not be possible with GitHub, for example (paid version only). We could use GitLab or others instead, but we decided to create our own Git instance with Gitea.

 


 

Desktop

Normally almost everyone uses a desktop or laptop computer. Accordingly, the solution for implementing the desktop computer was simple.

 

Linux

Linux is an absolutely fabulous operating system. You can have alternatives for almost any software you use on Windows or Mac. And without any tracking. Well, you still have to make some specific changes to some software. It's not so easy just to install Linux and that's it...... of course not face_with_rolling_eyes.

 

What about Microsoft and Apple?

Microsoft and Apple are not open source systems at all. So it's not an easy task to see the code to capture your privacy. But we are very interested in other solutions for the mainstream operating systems. So if you have an idea to stop certain telemetry on your Microsoft, Apple, etc.... devices, we'd love to hear them.

 

Why Arch?

Arch is a very simple Linux distribution. You can minimize your software requirements without installing any bloatware. Just install what you need.

Check our desktop software suite for further information.

 

What about Ubuntu, Debian, Mint ...?

Also good! If you prefer other Linux distributions. We decided to stay with Arch. If anyone wants to create a PwOSS solution for Debian, Centos etc. they are more than welcome!

 

Software Suite

We have selected the desktop software suite according to our own needs and based on the server software suite. If you want to add something or have something to consider, please create an issue.

 


 

Server

In order to keep the convenience e.g. for cloud solutions like Dropbox, Google Drive.... a server is necessary. It also contains calendars and contact storage only at your home. A free VPN connection all the time.

Check our server software suite for further information.

 

Linux

Same as Desktop. We chose Arch as our server solution. We hear some concerns about Arch as a server here and there, but it's absolutely fine for our needs.

 

What about Debian?

We hope to create a Debian server one day to achieve more stability. But we have also been using Arch as a server for several years without any major problems. PwOSS has also been running on Arch for some time now. If you are concerned about server stability, you are welcome to create a Debian - PwOSS solution.

 

Software suite

We have selected the software suite for the server according to our own needs. If you want to add something or have something to consider, please create an issue.

 

Why Seafile and not Nextcloud?

Seafile is much faster and more stable when we tested it (that was a long time ago), but also your Seafile data is not visible on the server in plain*. Keep us informed if you think Nextcloud has achieved a good data protection and performance solution.

Adminis can still see your data if you do not encrypt your folders/files.

 


 

Mobile

Mobile phones are the most horrible device when it comes to privacy. Since you have the phone on you most of the time, it is easy to track you. At the same time, it is the most difficult "march" to get some privacy back.

 

Android

Android is usually open source, but only without Google implementation. Well, it's not fully true. Also some drivers are still closed source in LineageOS for example.

Read more about Android.

 

What about Microsoft and Apple?

Microsoft doesn't support any phones anymore and Apple is close source. But the same like desktop:

... Apple are not open source systems at all. So it's not an easy task to see the code to capture your privacy. But we are very interested in other solutions for the mainstream operating systems. So if you have an idea to stop certain telemetry on your Microsoft, Apple, etc.... devices, we'd love to hear them.

 

Software suite

There is no really software suite available. We haven't created any PwOSS - ROMs, yet.
The only solution at the moment is a guide available at the Organisation - Mobile for Linux or Android.