Leaving Google behind

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http://www.kubuntuforums.net – Hello since most of us are kubuntu people I wanted to get advice on leavning GOOGLE behind, I know this means leaving gmail and the other services but gmail is the only one I really use anyway. Is there any good alternatives I can switch to for email? though I will have to keep my gmail active for a while as it has been my main email for years. I am really tired of the way google operates and I do not want my life all over cyber space, and ideas how to go out this? What is everyone else going\? Another issue I have is my android phone, everything is google on there? Anyone using other email (HowTos)