#Linux is a good privacy-conscious alternative to Microsoft Windows. It's free, fast and easy.
-Modern forms of Linux (such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint) are as easy to use as Windows or Mac. They're well supported, with popular apps like Spotify and Steam.
-If you're having trouble making an installation USB stick, you can order them online: https://www.osdisc.com/
-You can buy PCs with Linux preinstalled from a wide range of shops:
@switchingsocial canonical & firefox do not have a clean record on privacy.
I think there's maybe some misunderstanding of what switching.social is about?
The point of switching.social is to give non-technical people alternatives that are as easy to install and use as whatever they replace.
Ubuntu is IMHO the easiest to install, so it's the most likely path into Linux for newbies.
Without easy-to-use alternatives, non-technical people will stay with whatever they are currently using (probably MS Windows, probably Google Chrome etc).
My father, who most certainly has computer experience (worked with them since the 80's) still gets confused by Unity's overview mode and unusual search mechanisms. Mint with Cinnamon/Mate (or Ubuntu Mate) are in these senses easier to get started with.
Nothing is 100% privacy-conscious if you're going to connect it to the internet and/or use it on proprietary hardware.
But almost all of us do connect to the internet, and almost all of us do use non-libre hardware.
At some point you have to do a trade-off between what you would like people to do and what it is possible for people to do.
There are already *plenty* of tech sites which go for maximum privacy, I even have a section about them:
There's nothing wrong with PureOS. The reasons I gave Ubuntu prominence are because it's easy to install and set up, and it's got the widest amount of support resources if people run into a problem.
Choosing a form of Linux is such a big topic and I'm not an expert, thought it would be best to leave it to other sites.
@switchingsocial Sure, I agree. You're doing wonderful work and I think Switching Social has a great potential to bring people away from harmful tech companies. My point on GNU/Linux is just that we should be setting the record straight for the brand new people in order to reverse the common trend of disregarding the GNU team and all their hard work. It would only be a 4 character change, but I believe the impact would be significant when Switching Social gets popular
@switchingsocial "privacy-conscious alternatives"... are you sure that you want to mention Steam and Spotify as good things? I don't think so.
I have an entire section on swtiching.social about alternatives to Steam, so obviously I'd prefer people didn't use it.
But a lot of people do use Steam, and if its presence on Linux helps get them off Windows then it's worth letting them know about it.
@switchingsocial One step is better than nothing - I understand. Thanks for this project by the way! ❤️
I understand mentioning Steam/Spotify (and others like it).
We're talking to *Windows Users* here (nix users don't need to "switch") ... so letting them know that the stuff they're used to using works just as well on Linux is meaningful in this context.
I can tell you that a lot of Windows games run pretty darned well on my Linuxmint system with Steamplay. So, y'know, that is one way to bridge that gap.
@switchingsocial Linux is not more secure than Windows. There're just less attacks. Also, many games don't work (well) on Linux. However free software is able to respond and close exploits.
I am pretty tired so I am not really looking for a debate here. I just wanted to say real quick that there are many areas which make Linux more secure than windows. It starts with being Open Source (although that point is debatable), continues with the freedom of choosing security elemented blocks (hardened kernel) and ends with many software companies relying on the safety of linux and thus improving it.
I think swithching to linux or gnu/linux if you prefer is the way to go. As @tjemni says distros like #trisquel are the gold standard but distros like #ubuntu have the huge advantage of a much bigger community. As a long time user of linux I know trisquel is simple to install but new users can be misled by the #FUD disseminated by the large corpos.
I have not seen proof that ubuntu conduct anything like the worst kinds of tracking that others are up to.
I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux...
*Switching.Social Slaps Me*
@switchingsocial Linux is not alternative to winblows, it's alternative to UNIX. Pls.
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