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smooya | 
United Kingdom UKCS_BESTCS 
Companies like Microsoft, Google etc try to collect as much personal information on you as they can, the extent to which they do this increase every day. They will soon know everything about you if left unchecked. Don't think privacy is important? "Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." - Edward Snowden One of the best things you can do right now to protect your privacy is switch to Linux. Contrary to what you might think, it's very easy. If you want the simplest experience, I recommend using the Linux Mint distribution (distro) with the Cinnamon desktop environment (DE). This is pretty much the most stable distro, and Cinnamon is very similar to Windows so you will feel right at home. You install software on Linux using a package manager. With Mint, this is streamlined through the software centre, which allows you to search for all programs you need and install them, similarly to the Play Store on Android. You can download programs like Steam, Discord, Spotify, Firefox etc by searching them up in the software centre. No .exe files required. The only thing holding Linux back is the software support, particularly with games. However CSGO (or any source game) is native to Linux, so if that's all you play, you will be completely unaffected. Luckily for you, Valve is pretty much carrying Linux gaming right now with Proton, a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows games on Linux. You use this directly through the Steam client, it's not complicated in the slightest, just force enable it under "Steam Play" in the settings and it's enabled. Not every game works, but more games are working every day, and many developer have committed to making their games work because of the release of the Steam deck, which uses Linux. For example, Dead By Daylight and Rust are very popular games and will both soon work on Linux. If you're worried about your favourite game not working, search it up on this website - protondb.com/ Anything above Gold will be perfectly usable. Below Gold will be slightly buggy. If you see anyone seething in the replies, they are either a federal agent or a shill paid to muddy the waters around Linux.
2022-01-04 19:14
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tldr
2022-01-04 19:14
tldr?
2022-01-04 19:14
TLDR - Download Linux Mint Cinnamon edition here! linuxmint.com/download.php
2022-01-04 19:15
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I would also recommend trying to ditch as much closed source software as possible in favour of Free Open Source Software (FOSS) alternatives. FOSS programs have open source code which can be reviewed by anyone to make sure it is safe. If a program is closed source, it could be being used to track you and collect data, and you have no way of knowing. Some simple substitutes include - Chrome > Brave. Virtually identical to Chrome in function with a built in adblock. MS Office > LibreOffice. If you're a power user this may lack some advanced functionality, but for the average user this will do all you need. MS Office also doesn't work on Linux. Both of the above are also available on Windows. I'd install Brave just for the adblock.
2022-01-04 19:22
#40
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Italy zCri
download arch instead
2022-01-04 19:31
1 reply
I use arch myself but it's not so good for beginners
2022-01-04 19:59
is this a copypasta
2022-01-04 19:15
4 replies
No I wrote it Switch to Linux now
2022-01-04 19:15
3 replies
no
2022-01-04 19:18
2 replies
linux makes OS fun
2022-01-04 19:21
Do it bitch
2022-01-04 20:00
#5
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India Jester_Bard
TLDR: Linux > Windows
2022-01-04 19:15
2 replies
+1
2022-01-04 19:15
+1
2022-01-04 19:22
#9
dumau | 
Brazil veinnN
Linux is a bit less user friendly, but you get used to quickly.
2022-01-04 19:15
rm -rf pls ty
2022-01-04 19:16
2 replies
#29
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Austria Ostmark
lmao
2022-01-04 19:25
sudo pacman -Qtdq | sudo pacman -Rns -
2022-01-04 20:01
I'm gonna switch some later.
2022-01-04 19:16
I'm a programmer so I am pro linux, but to act like swapping to a very commonly used distro is gonna stop companies from getting your data is absurd
2022-01-04 19:17
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It is the most important first step. Once people take it and get used to Linux they will do the rest themselves.
2022-01-04 19:23
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I disagree. I think most people are gonna download a super common distro (mint or an ubuntu based one) and then will download chrome/chromium and continue on their way. I mean really, most of your data is collected on a software or site level so I don't really get what getting into linux is gonna do. Don't get me wrong, if you have an interest in programming or servers I think linux is incredibly powerful. But if you wanna use it JUST for data privacy, you will need to take waaaaaaay more steps. I feel like most people just don't care that much. tldr: Linux is cool and will make you more employable, but by itself won't do much for privacy
2022-01-04 19:29
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I've partly covered the software issue in #24 But Windows is a botnet all by itself so even if you just get rid of that you make a difference.
2022-01-04 19:33
#13
ropz | 
India psn46
I'm both windows and linux user. Linux is good for personal use but practically it cant be used everywhere you know that.
2022-01-04 19:18
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I know, which is why I also dual boot. I use Linux about 95% of the time but every now and then I'll want to play a game that won't run on it.
2022-01-04 19:24
The only thing stopping me from switching is the anti cheat support, neither faceit or esea support linux unfortunately.
2022-01-04 19:21
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Yeah, this is true. I hope this will change in the future. Other anti cheats like EAC and BattlEye will soon have full Proton support.
2022-01-04 19:26
kek no
2022-01-04 19:19
#17
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Poland Fealis_
TLDR: Bill Gates know what porn do you watch Who the fuck cares? I dont care
2022-01-04 19:19
7 replies
Read line 4
2022-01-04 19:26
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#34
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Poland Fealis_
What privacy? xD They literally only use your information to show you better adds (you searched "best headphones" somewhere and suddenly you see headphone adds). They can also sell/give your email/phone to some firms so they will send you adds. That's it. Or you think Bill Gates make army of clones based on your identity?
2022-01-04 19:28
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"They literally only use your information to show you better adds" First, this is false. Second, you are clearly a mindless consumer so Linux isn't for you, I'm afraid.
2022-01-04 19:29
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#39
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Poland Fealis_
Actually I use Ubuntu pretty often. So please enlighten me what do they (they - who? Jews? xD) do?
2022-01-04 19:31
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I literally quoted you saying "they", how about you tell me who they are? Lol
2022-01-04 19:35
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#48
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Poland Fealis_
#47 Got your geolocation already
2022-01-04 19:40
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Brilliant, come get me glowie, I totally won't put 30 rounds through the door when you come to knock
2022-01-04 19:42
#18
tarik | 
Yugoslavia bleaq
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. 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.
2022-01-04 19:19
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I appreciate your interjection, I learned something I never knew before thanks!
2022-01-04 19:21
I'm aware of this, but didn't want to overcomplicate this thread any more
2022-01-04 19:27
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#43
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Poland Fealis_
No you didn't know this
2022-01-04 19:32
1 reply
"If you see anyone seething in the replies, they are either a federal agent or a shill paid to muddy the waters around Linux." Which one are you
2022-01-04 19:36
#46
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Croatia Spinzed
I use NetBSD, a way superior operating system based on BSD which is itself, based on Unix. BSD is used by a lot of major companies like the Nintendo Switch, the PlayStation 4 and even the Netflix servers run BSD, which makes it clear that everyone who knows what he/she is doing goes for BSD. Linux users on the other side are having wars over which distribution is better, which package manager sucks more or who has the nicest window manager. BSD users on the other hand are more practical. How fast BSD boots, how smooth it runs, minimal RAM usage and package count are important, not your wallpaper or neofetch logo. Because of that, I use NetBSD. It's a flexible, minimal yet very much functional operating system. It also has multiple package managers which are still more practical and generally better than any of the GNU+Linux distribution package managers. Pkgin is the main package manager which you'll come to love because it just works so well. Pkgsrc is the second one, allowing for users to interact with an AUR like repository for NetBSD packages. Make your own package, install a binary, metapackage or compile from source? Your choice, because on NetBSD you are free. Because NetBSD is so lightweight, it can even be run on a literal toaster. Yes, you heard that right. With some slight modifications your toaster can run NetBSD. NetBSD can also run on very old computers, dating back to 1999 or even test machines from way before. NetBSD is also able to run on a car. Another plus of NetBSD is the easy management of hardware components. Want to check your battery? No need for another package like acpi or any checking tool. The envstat command within NetBSD can check a variety of hardware components with ease. This is why NetBSD is way superior to any GNU+Linux distros, and you should give it a go as soon as possible. The installer is fast, easy and even allows for an automated X-server install, so no need to work hours with Xorg.
2022-01-04 19:35
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It's worth mentioning that NetBSD is in a state of decay, with Charles Hannum getting booted off of the project because of technicalities. I would go with OpenBSD if you want your security out of the box. And I've been using BSD since the 90's.
2022-01-04 19:45
my brother told me about this
2022-01-04 19:20
#20
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Argentina FrAnk0x
The problem with Linux is Anticheats systems ... AC from Faceit-ESEA-GC doesn't run on Linux so it can only play MM :-(
2022-01-04 19:21
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Yeah I should have specified about Faceit/ESEA
2022-01-04 19:29
tldr, but im agree prefire i don't see point in Windows after supporting EAC, Vac etc. on Linux
2022-01-04 19:22
#27
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United States blinK_
+1 problem for the mainstream is people are too used to macos or windows, or need proprietary software exclusive to a proprietary os for work or something. also, the layperson doesn't want to install their own os.
2022-01-04 19:23
windows sux but linux on desktop suxx even more so ill stick with windows for now
2022-01-04 19:25
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lies linux bestest
2022-01-04 19:56
1. ReviOS for windows, strips a lot of the telemetry out whilst still keeping a lot of compatibility, another option is a program (I forgot the name) that directly strips telemetry out of the windows .iso 2. For the average end user, who isn’t so technical, Linux is really not the path to go, there is just not enough compatibility for 99% of ppl
2022-01-04 19:30
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ReviOS looks interesting, I tried using some program to get rid of telemetry before but it broke some stuff, although that wasn't straight from the iso
2022-01-04 19:40
#41
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Kuwait seca34958
only problem I have in Linux is fan control my fan control in bios doesn't work properly so I need to use speedfan to adjust fan speeds which is basically impossible in linux
2022-01-04 19:31
#42
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Italy zCri
windows > linux /thread
2022-01-04 19:32
1 reply
Hello federal agent
2022-01-04 19:41
How is Linux's handling of APIs like OpenXR, DirectX, .net Framework, Ray tracing, general gaming performance? Yeah, I am sticking to windows.
2022-01-04 20:14
2 replies
"ray tracing" consoomer spotted
2022-01-04 20:18
#59
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Italy zCri
.net framework is deprecated for a reason and directx theres dxvk but windows still superior
2022-01-04 21:35
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