It may be a little out of concept for this forum, but it’s related to Free Software as a whole idea.
Recently a big organization told me that they want to ditch Firebase and switch to Free Software alternatives. They asked me to do a research and bring up some different instances for replacing Firebase to test them and chose a couple of them to run primarily.
I wanted to ask you which services do you recommend to be used as a replacement, either as separate services or a complete package.
The program that collects user data without his consent is called - SpyWare:
Spyware describes software with malicious behavior that aims to gather information about a person or organization and send such information to another entity in a way that harms the user. For example, by violating their privacy or endangering their device's security. This behavior may be present in malware as well as in legitimate software. Websites may engage in spyware behaviors like web tracking. Hardware devices may also be affected. Spyware is frequently associated with advertising and in
After agreement to collect user data, the program is miraculously renamed - Analytics:
Analytics is the systematic computational analysis of data or statistics. It is used for the discovery, interpretation, and communication of meaningful patterns in data. It also entails applying data patterns towards effective decision-making. It can be valuable in areas rich with recorded information; analytics relies on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and operations research to quantify performance.
Organizations may apply analytics to business data to describ...
There is also Telemetry:
Telemetry is the in situ collection of measurements or other data at remote points and their automatic transmission to receiving equipment (telecommunication) for monitoring. The word is derived from the Greek roots tele, "remote", and metron, "measure". Systems that need external instructions and data to operate require the counterpart of telemetry, telecommand.
Although the term commonly refers to wireless data transfer mechanisms (e.g., using radio, ultrasonic, or infrared systems), it also e...
Firebase does a lot of different things (authentication, analytics, etc.) so you probably won’t find a single alternative that does everything.
If you need push notifications, you can have a looke at
UnifiedPush and this article.
Never used it, but it’s from the creator or EteSync and it’s open-source:
As pointed out, Firebase does a lot of things. Maybe you could specify which features they need?
UnifiedPush (has a client available at F-Droid, and would leave the user a choice for their preferred push notification provider – even FCM if they insist), other candidates
Analytics: self-hosted Matomo, ACRA,
Actually they asked for every feature there as they want to cut their dependency to firebase at all.
As it is, we do not know which features they use (or in your terms, which dependencies have been established). Second, some folks might know valid replacements but aren’t aware of the fact as they e.g. never used Firebase – so you’ll miss their hints if you don’t name required features explicitly. We really love to help, but we need to know how
The only thing I found was
Plausible, it tracks page visits, country and that’s about it. But it’s for website.
There are several solutions:
I reported all of your proposed software and services.
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