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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov
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⭐️ The Open Source Alternative To Notion ⭐️

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Contributions are what make the open source community such an amazing place to be learn, inspire, and create. Any contributions you make are greatly appreciated.

Why Are We Building This?

Notion has been our favorite project and knowledge management tool in recent years because of its aesthetic appeal and functionality. Our team uses it daily, and we are on its paid plan. However, as we all know Notion has its limitations. These include weak data security and poor compatibility with mobile devices. Likewise, alternative collaborative workplace management tools also have their constraints.

To be honest, we do not claim to outperform Notion in terms of functionality and design, at least for now. Besides, our priority doesn't lie in more functionality at the moment. Instead, we would like to cultivate a community to democratize the knowledge and wheels of making complex workplace management tools, while enabling people and businesses to create beautiful things on their own by equipping them with a versatile toolbox of building blocks.

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Andy Piper

Have you looked at Joplin? It is also a really nice alternative to Notion, and also Open Source.

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Ravavyr

Joplin's nice, but sorry it can't beat Notion. Their UI is perfect. :)

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Bernd Wechner

Have you got an exec summary on things Notion has the Joplin lacks?

I use Joplin extensively and am very happy. But I have no notion of what Notion does.

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

I can't give a review since I haven't used Joplin.

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Ravavyr

Here ya go: youtube.com/watch?v=oTahLEX3NXo
Something to take fromit is that everything in there is built using the same wysiwyg.
You can just type / and select any of those components to embed into the current doc or convert it to a kanban board etc etc.

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

OK, thank you. 👍🏻

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

Sure)

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

Not yet, but I'll take a look soon.

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Goktug Erol

Looks quite nice, when I settle up some of my projects I'll try out! It deserves more credit, I liked the interface.

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Ravavyr

You've picked quite a challenge.
Have you typed "/" in Notion lately? you got A LOT of features to build out.
I love Notion, mainly i think they've absolutely nailed down the documentation interface and experience.

Btw, their mobile app works great, i don't know what mobile issues you've encountered but i've seen nothing major.

What are the data security issues you've found with Notion, and how does your new system improve on that? Genuinely curious here.

Best of luck with your project, they could use some good competition :)

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calag4n

The main security (privacy as well) issue in notion is that your content is not crypted and is inserted in their db as clear as you wrote it.

The main mobile issue I see is that it doesn't have an offline mode.

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Ravavyr

When's the last time you checked on that?
notion.so/help/security-and-privacy

As far as I know Notion is fully encrypted and as safe to use as any documentation tool out there.
Nothing of course is 100% because anyone who thinks that is just a hacking case waiting to happen.

As for offline mode, i guess that's an issue for some, but i get the feeling most people using Notion are connected 24/7.

note: i am not on their payrol lol, i just love the product and have had no issues with it in the 2+ years i've been using it.

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

Thank you)

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Maniflames

I'm actually quite curious about the security hazards as well. Anything you can disclose or share with us on that?

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Jonas Antonio Reyes Casanova • Edited on

Lo he probado brevemente en mi Arch Linux, promete mucho. Me gusta su licencia, en realidad no es Open Source sino Software Libre. Me agrada que su desarrollador es Chino. La aplicación se siente muy ligera. Tiene muchisimo potencial aunque me parece que carece de la usabilidad que goza Notion. Me parece muy atrevido plantear que es una alternativa a Notion, aún no es una plicación funcional.

Le deseo mucho exito, estaré pendiente de su evolución porque me enamoró el concepto.

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

Muchísimas gracias,

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Vivek K J

Have you heard about focalboard? it is a nice alternative to notion.so

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

Nice open source 🔥

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Jeremy Friesen

There's also Logseq, Emac's org-roam, and NB. Each of which provides an application layer on top of your file system.

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

Xmm, interesting)

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Joshua Anderson

I really like Obsidian, been using it for a while. It's kinda similar to these and also just uses the file system so it's super nice

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Jeremy Friesen

I've heard good things about Obsidian. My understanding is that it's not OSS, but has a free version and stores files on your file system, so you don't have a vendor lock-in problem.

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Joshua Anderson

Yeah, it's not OSS sadly. I use the free version and Syncthing for multiple devices. I'm looking into those others though, I've never heard of logseq and the others look interesting too. I'd greatly prefer using one that is open source!

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Derek Ardolf • Edited on

If looking at an OSS alternative to Obsidian, Dendron is a good one to take a look at (also is local-first markdown files). I use Dendron on the Desktop, and the Obsidian mobile app if taking Dendron notes on my phone.

Dendron docs have a high-level comparison: Dendron vs. Obsidian

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Sherry Day

Flutter and Rust — what's it been like working in these stacks? Definitely seems like you're building something tight and performant in general.

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Asrorbek O'ktamjonov Author

To enterprises and hackers, AppFlowy is dedicated to offering building blocks, that is, collaboration infra services to enable you to make apps on your own. Moreover, you have 100% control of your data. You can design and modify AppFlowy your way, with a single codebase written in Flutter and Rust supporting multiple platforms armed with long-term maintainability.

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Jair

Nice

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okyanusoz

Cool, but why AGPL and not something like Apache-2.0?

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Gary White Jr.

Worth mentioning Obsidian -- they have the sync option. a lively discord, a bunch of useful tricks and it all works in Markdown :) obsidian.md/