@Rebol just setting up Linux Mint for the first time and it looks and tastes so ■■■■ nice, a TRUE alternative, PLEASE do yourself a favor and check it out if you have not already Rebol, totally worth your time.
Topics like this one and having to WAIT for a corp (whose main business is protecting the user, user security and user privacy) to get in touch about a genuine user question that is totally justifiable in this day and age can then be forgotten once and for all! A system from the user for the user with the user in mind and with the ability to chat and talk to directly of the authors of the system being able to influence it and adjust it to user’s needs.
When I work on that new system now I have a total different psychological approach, it is like sitting at a desk in the middle of a nice fresh green garden with a clean river near by and birds happily chanting away, sun is shining and the air is clean, I know I am NOT being watched and I know I am FREE to do what I want to do without any one trying to turn me into a data barfing guinea pig and making immense amount of $$ with my data.
What I do on my machine, what I do on the net, what sites I surf, what software I download, what interests I have, what books I buy, what music I listen to, what photos I look at, what games I play, all this info is MY DATA and purely mine and no ones else. Think about it, please do.
I am amazed and my newly found true freedom not having to sieve through hundreds if not thousands of processes and thinking if I block this will another one still send data and if I block them all can I still access the net and what does this hidden process do and what if I have forgotten to set this or that is HIPS and so on and so on and so on in all eternity. NO I AM NOT A SLAVE ANY MORE. I AM FREE AT LAST.
Taking a deep breath and trying to apprehend the loss of weight that was on my mind all these years using Windows and software for Windows. They are all in bed with big data and big data is being ■■■■■ by the American government, most of all the NSA not to talk about all the other governments that try to get a piece of the cake as well.
This is like when the German boys one the world cup just recently, you really just have to sit down and think, wow did we really come this far and have we really managed to achieve this? Why or why was I NOT listening to my IT friends years ago that always had this sort of grin on their face when they saw I am still using Windows asking me “don’t you want to give it a try and see how it is being free from all this ■■■■?” Oh why did I not listen earlier!! Silly me!!!
My eyes have been opened, my digital soul is free at last, the beginning or a completely new time for me when sitting in front of the box. Hura!!!