Linux is a really good privacy-friendly alternative to Windows, and nowadays it's easy for anyone to use. Modern Linux works just like Windows or Mac, you do not need tech skills to use it.
If you want to buy a computer with Linux preinstalled, there's a really good site that lists vendors around the world:
(One of the major vendors, @Purism , is on the Fediverse.)
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@switchingsocial I desperately want to copy/paste the "What you're referring to as Linux is, in fact, GNU/Linux..." shitpost in response. ;)
But out of love, because you're consistently awesome and it's become an inside joke at this point.
So, genuinely thank you for all the work you do! ❤️
@firstname.lastname@example.org @Purism@mastodon.social What you're referring to as Linux, is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.
There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run. The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux" distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.
I don't maintain the list, but there's a contact form on the bottom of the page for suggestions/corrections.
@switchingsocial Oh sorry, I'm so used to looking at the lists on your own site, I completely missed that it was a different site!
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.