I keep seeing opensource products and services emerging that are focusing of self hosting. Could it be that the average user is soon able host all their services from home, and not rely on "big web" (google, fb, ms, yahoo etc...) for their online experience?
I for one have been running a web server on my a cheap and low-powered raspberry pi with a free domain name from dyndns, but there is currently a learning curve for such things.
That could soon change though. Services are becoming more user friendly and are now an attractive option after news of government privacy violations, plus the cost of handing all your information over to the likes of google and facebook to pass around in an exhibitionist manner.
Here is a list of new projects I've noticed lately. There are probably much more.
Out of the box server and admin...
: A project to help users self-host their websites, email, files and more. Decentralize your web and reclaim your privacy rights while keeping the conveniences you need. Runs on the Raspberry Pi.
: A modern, fast web-mail client with user-friendly encryption and privacy features.
: Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It's simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time messing with making your blog work - and more time blogging.
: Instead of everyone’s data being contained on huge central servers owned by a large organization, local servers (“pods”) can be set up anywhere in the world. You choose which pod to register with - perhaps your local pod - and seamlessly connect with the diaspora* community worldwide.