"In times of aggressive corporatization, increasing enclosure of communication spaces, and blanket surveillance, emancipatory communication practices appear to be particularly well suited to offer concrete alternatives to activists and citizens alike" – Stefania Milan
The base install of the system just contains an email server and Mutt client, but not much else. In addition from within the Administrator control panel under Add/remove apps the following are installable. This list only applies on the home server version, with the mesh network version having a different and smaller set of apps.
Enables you to use the system as a music server which any DLNA compatible devices can connect to within your home network.
A databaseless wiki system.
If you use the Mutt client to read your email then this will set it up to use emacs for composing new mail.
Collaborate on creating documents in real time. Maybe you're planning a holiday with other family members or creating documentation for a Free Software project along with other volunteers. Etherpad is hard to beat for simplicity and speed. Only users of the system will be able to access it.
Federated social network system.
Modern looking blogging system.
Federated social network. You can "remote follow" other users within the GNU Social federation.
Lightweight git project hosting system. You can mirror projects from Github, or if Github turns evil then just host your own projects while retaining the familiar fork-and-pull workflow. If you can use Github then you can also use Gogs.
Databaseless blogging system. Quite simple and with a markdown-like format.
Web publishing platform with social network like features and good privacy controls so that it's possible to specify who can see which content. Includes photo albums, calendar, wiki and file storage.
IRC Server (ngirc)
Run your own IRC chat channel which can be secured with a password and accessible via an onion address. A bouncer is included so that you can receive messages sent while you were offline. Works with Hexchat and other popular clients.
Experimental WebRTC video conferencing system, similar to Google Hangouts. This may not be fully functional, but is hoped to be in the near future.
Make your photo albums available on the web.
Modern email client which supports GPG encryption.
Multi-user chat with some security and moderation controls.
Publicly host video and audio files so that you don't need to use YouTube/Vimeo/etc.
The popular VoIP and text chat system. Say goodbye to old-fashioned telephony conferences with silly dial codes. Also works well on mobile.
Store files on your server and sync them with laptops or mobile devices. Includes many plugins including videoconferencing and collaborative document editing.
The black hole for web adverts. Block adverts at the domain name level within your local network. It can significantly reduce bandwidth, speed up page load times and protect your systems from being tracked by spyware.
An alternative federated social networking system compatible with GNU Social. It includes some optimisations and fixes currently not available within the main GNU Social project.
Calendar system compatible with CalDAV and CardDAV. Synch your calendar events easily and securely across all your devices.
A browser based user interface for the Matrix federated communications system, including WebRTC audio and video chat.
A metasearch engine for customised and private web searches.
Private RSS reader. Pulls in RSS/Atom feeds via Tor and is only accessible via an onion address. Have "the right to read" without the Surveillance State knowing what you're reading. Also available with a user interface suitable for viewing on mobile devices via a browser such as OrFox.
Possibly the best way to synchronise files across all of your devices. Once it has been set up it "just works" with no user intervention needed.
Robust and encrypted storage of files on one or more server.
Client and bootstrap node for the Tox chat/VoIP system.
A system for privately creating and sharing notes and images, similar to Evernote but without the spying.
If you use the Mutt client to read your email then this will set it up to use vim for composing new mail.
Chat server which can be used together with client such as Gajim or Conversations to provide end-to-end content security and also onion routed metadata security. Includes advanced features such as client state notification to save battery power on your mobile devices, support for seamless roaming between networks and message carbons so that you can receive the same messages while being simultaneously logged in to your account on more than one device.