LinuxQuestions.org

LinuxQuestions.org (/questions/)
-   General (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/general-10/)
-   -   alternatives to gmail and google search (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/general-10/alternatives-to-gmail-and-google-search-936534/)

dogpatch 03-26-2012 12:31 PM

alternatives to gmail and google search
 
Am getting a bit concerned over Google's policies and practices, and am wondering if anyone has some suggestions for good alternatives to Google search and a non-intrusive free email service

Cultist 03-26-2012 01:16 PM

I like GMX's mail service. I prefer gmail over it, but gmx is a close second for me.

As far as search, I've always like Dogpile, which is a meta-search engine that pulls results from multiple engines.

I know duckduckgo is popular with other LQers though.

dogpatch 03-27-2012 11:14 AM

Should i be nervous about taking advice from someone who is promoting Google+, whose online nickname is 'Cultist', and who has submitted (at this point) 666 posts? Oh, what the heck, you're from Kuwait, so you can't be all bad, and i'll put superstitions aside for now. I'll look into both GMX and Dogpile, have already perused duckduckgo. I'd give you some reputation points as well, but that feature is periodically missing, not sure why. So just saying thanks is all i can do at present.

anomie 03-27-2012 12:22 PM

If your main concern is privacy, ixquick appears to make an effort to assure you some level of it. Their query results are usually OK.

Free webmail services (that claim to be privacy-minded) include Hushmail and Lavabit.

As usability and features go, Google's apps don't have a "free" equal that I'm aware of. Not even close. (You pay for access to those apps by handing over a lot of data. Not an acceptable tradeoff for some folks.)

dogpatch 03-29-2012 01:04 PM

Thanks. I'll check those out as well.

Knightron 03-29-2012 07:09 PM

I wont comment on email since I use Hotmail which probably is just as bad, but for search; I recommend duckduckgo.com go there an read the little thing at the bottom about tracking.

273 03-29-2012 08:01 PM

I'm trying to use duckduckgo at the moment, when I remember, and I can't say I'm fond of the page layout of only five results per page -- it's like being back in 1994.
As for email, I bit the bullet and paid for hosting. I know I could probably get better service free but it's cheap, I get to have multiple SMTP addresses, and I get some hosting thrown in.
I wish I didn't go for a .com for political reasons but otherwise, I'm happy.

frankbell 03-29-2012 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by anomie (Post 4637868)
If your main concern is privacy, ixquick appears to make an effort to assure you some level of it. Their query results are usually OK.

In the States, ixquick is known as startpage.com. I've been using them for three years or more with no complaints. If they don't perform for me (which is rare--maybe a dozen times in that period), I use Dogpile.

I've been happy enough with startpage routinely to make it my default search in my browsers.

Knightron 03-29-2012 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 273 (Post 4640193)
I'm trying to use duckduckgo at the moment, when I remember, and I can't say I'm fond of the page layout of only five results per page -- it's like being back in 1994.

WTF are you going on about, it doesn't only provide five results per page; your full of it!

273 03-29-2012 10:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Knightron (Post 4640271)
WTF are you going on about, it doesn't only provide five results per page; your full of it!

Yes, I Lied, sometimes it's 9 or 8, or 10, or 7.
I'm not sure whether it needs scripts or it's just not as it ought to be, but it only returns a few results to me and, to add insult to injury, they're hover links or some such.

Knightron 03-29-2012 10:58 PM

I'm sorry, i must apologize for that accusation, I've just done a double check, and i don't know how yours works, but when i use it, it doesn't seem to have pages, but instead loads more results as i scroll down.

273 03-29-2012 11:03 PM

I find it odd that a google-alternative seems so heavily laden with scripts. I'm sure it's innocent but, if so, why are they using scripts at all?

gnashley 03-30-2012 01:52 AM

search: clusty.com

boscharun 07-26-2013 09:51 AM

The correct answer as of today will be DuckDuckGo. All others either use Google directly or indirectly, but DuckDuckGo is a pure new search engine. Also, DuckDuckGo.com is the only one whose traffic has been really growing (3million in Jul 2013). See this if you need a comparison (DuckDuckGo vs Startpage vs IXQuick)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:30 PM.