[QUOTE=beef barley;2771420] I like your style Xercus
First the office side, now the operating system side. The one I’m going to focus on is Linux Mint, because that is the one I use. This is one of many. I think I chose it, because their tag line is cool.
I am posting the link to the home page, because there is some news there I think you should see first.
Well, you could do a lot worse than choosing Mint, a Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu that strives to be a comfortable operating system which is both powerful and the most easy to use.
Today, it is not like it was years ago when there were lots of tasks you simply could not do with Linux and the casual computer user will probably not miss a single program.
if you choose beef barley’s excellent choice and install Linux Mint, going from Microsoft to Linux will not be worse than switching from say Windows 7 to Windows 10 (the differences between these versions are many and will have you annoyed for weeks)
…and since I mention them…[B]Ubuntu[/B] is built on Debian as well and fuels Linux servers, desktops, phones and tablets. While not as just easy to use as Mint, it is still easy enough for most casual users.
[B]Debian[/B] is a grandfather distribution which been around since 1993 and is a great operating system, but do require a little more knowledge (and reading) than the two based on it above.
There are many more distributions out there, but in a freebies galore thread, I think the above is enough as a starting point.
Now, everyone are talking about free, and it is - They do have to live though, and donations are welcome from users wanting to contribute to support the projects.
Did you notice the huge difference from the Microsoft world in the sentence above?
…users WANTING to… Now if that is not like music to my mind, I don’t know what is. I do support several free projects every year as I WANT to help and do my share in making sure there are updates and new versions released. My money goes to small developers as I think they are most vulnerable, but this is up to you, the user.
In other words, no bad conscience necessary as it does not REQUIRE any donations or payment and so I wholeheartedly recommend switching to Linux for anyone not absolutely in need of staying behind in the surveillance of the Microsoft world.
It is all over the net, but just in case you didn’t know:
Each and every keypress you do on your Windows 10 installation is shipped to Microsoft. What this means in day to day work is that a copy of every e-mail, every document, every spreadsheet, every database entry and so on is sent to Microsoft. That is unless you are above average knowedgeable (more than is needed to adjust to Linux Mint) and am able to control what leaves your computer.
I don’t have anything to hide, but I still find it a bit troubling in terms of my right to privacy.
We have to stop being ‘stuck’ in an OS camp. An operating system is nothing more than an interface to get your work done - Still we’re seemingly reluctant to switch while at the same time accepting any changes big and small from the creator of our current OS. Let us face it, if you compare at Windows XP and Windows 10, most everything has changed concerning how the OS works.
[B]Free open source operating system and applications = All cards on the table, no back doors, no hidden telemetry or spyware and no compromised privacy by hidden code[/B].