Those who are usually enthusiastic or passionate users of the Free Software, Open Source and GNU / Linux, they also tend to opt for the use programs, services or platforms that guarantee in one way or another, more freedom, privacy, anonymity and security. And in that sense, there are well-known platforms such as Mastodon or less known as "Gab".
"Gab" or "Gab Social" is a Open Source Social Network Software and fully decentralized powered by the Gab Platform. Which is also based on the project Mastodon, and is licensed under the terms and conditions of PLFA-3.0.
For those interested in exploring our previous Mastodon related posts, you can click on the following links, after finishing reading this present publication. So that they can delve more deeply about Mastodon, which is one of many alternatives free, open and / or decentralized available to avoid or supplement Twitter:
"Follow your friends and discover new ones from more than 4,4 million people. Post everything you want: links, photos, text, video. All on a platform that is community-owned and ad-free. Similar to how blogging is the act of posting updates to a website, microblogging is the act of posting small updates in a stream of updates to your profile. You can publish text posts and optionally attach media such as images, audio, video, or surveys. Mastodon lets you follow your friends and discover new ones". Join Mastodon
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What is Gab?
Focusing on computing, that is, "Gab" as Open Source Development, this project is described as follows by its own developers:
"At Gab, we believe that the future of online publishing is decentralized and open. We believe that social media users should be able to control their social media experience on their own terms, rather than the terms set by Big Tech. Gab Social is a new version of one of the most popular applications on the internet: social networks. Gab's codebase, originally forked from the Mastodon project, is free and open source, licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License version 3 (AGPL3)."
They also add from "Gab" following:
"Each user has the following options to use Gab Social: You can have an account at Gab.com, or if you don't like what we are doing at Gab.com or just want to manage your own experience, you can create your own Gab Social server that you control, which allows you to communicate with millions of users on your own federated servers around the world, including users on Gab. By offering decentralization and federation, Gab further demonstrates the lack of interest in ownership of its users' data."
- It features a very Twitter-like user interface, with a dashboard in the middle of the page with trending content on the left and menus on the right.
- It uses a scoring system, which allows users with more than 250 points to vote negatively on posts, but users must "spend points" in order to do so.
- Allows posts with a character limit of 300.
- Among its objectives are to defend freedom of expression, individual freedom and the free flow of information online.
Pros, Cons and Alternatives
Above all existing software, platform or website, free or not, open or not, we can find many pros and cons. "Gab" has in favor that each user / group can create their own self-managed community, very much in the style Mastodon. Against, it has bad references associated with political and ideological issues in certain countries like USA, which we recommend reading and analyzing before evaluating, testing and using it.
And as alternatives, in addition to Mastodon:
"We have Discord, of which we have already spoken on other occasions, in a publication called: "Disroot: A free, private and secure platform for online services". We can also mention PeerTube u open tube to replace YouTube, a Diaspora, friendica o scuttlebutt to replace Facebook, in addition to PixelFed y piconic to replace Instagram."
Finally, another interesting alternative to "Gab" can be "Utopia".
In summary, "Gab" It is an interesting open source software that among other things, allows as Mastodon, create your own online server for a group of users.
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