Thanks for the link and the way to stop it on Windows 7.
It’s sad because W10 is pretty great I have to say, great new features and fast as always.
However, about the privacy, I’m not sure that Android is better, or even just the fact to connect google in any way.
If you want to give Linux a new try, I’m now really happy of KDE, more than I was with Unity or Gnome.
I’m always interested in trying a live version of a new distro.
So you’re on Kubuntu ? Do you have a link ?
Windows installed those spyware/update on my computer a while ago ; I uninstalled them.
The next day W7 put it back again without my approval!
And when I uninstalled them again my PC crashed for the first time in more than a year T__T
Micro$oft, believe it or not, I had respect for you until a few days ago…
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Yes I’m using Kubuntu. You can get it there and it’s always a live version.
On my main desktop computer, I’m using the 14.04 LTS version. Very stable, nothing to say. On my laptop I’m using the last 15.04 which is awesome because of the very last version of KDE, but I had some stability and black screen issue. Maybe it is better to wait one month to try the 15.10.
I read that OpenSuse made a great integration of KDE but I never tried it.
I’ve read a few articles recently that tried to debunk those “Microsoft spies on you” rumors. Apparently that started with some angry bloggers that read their license agreement for the first time, and misinterpreted most points. On top of that, most tech websites relayed their articles without checking facts, spreading the rumors even more and scaring everybody. In the end, Windows 10 is just as bad in terms of privacy than products from Apple and Google. There’s a real privacy issue, but it’s not that new, and it concerns every commercial OS’s
Anyway, I had the same reaction as you: it made me want to try Linux again 🙂
I’ve been trying a lot of distros in the past (different flavors of ubuntu, mint, fedora…), but I never could go past a few annoying issues : I never managed to setup cuda in Blender, my dual screen setup (one being a cintiq) was always a bit buggy, and a whole lot of minor issues prevented me from really using it as my main OS, I always came back to Windows.
But now I’ve been trying Mint 17.2 Cinnamon for more than a week, and I must say I’m totally falling in love! I’ve managed to configure everything correctly and it works like a charm (it wasn’t easy, I love using the terminal but I’m such a noob :/ so having to shut down X-server multiple times to resolve issues with command line could be a real pain in the butt…). Now I only boot Windows for games or when I can’t avoid working with Adobe’s crap software 🙂
Before installing this distro, I wanted something based on Ubuntu and if possible with KDE, but every version I tried seemed clunky or buggy as hell on my hardware, so I reluctantly tried Mint Cinnamon as a last chance, and I really don’t regret it!
I don’t think we’re talking about the same thing : A lot of peoples were pissed off because Microsoft explicitly stated that they now have both the right and the mean to remove cracked software from your machine without your consent.
But it’s more about the fact that the amount of telemetry leaving your computer daily is staggering ;
- 80mb of upload to a MS server after the first time you activate your webcam! (basically your mugshot)
- Upload of every query issued to cortana or bing
- Scan of your file system
- But most of all, serious allegations that W10 is nothing more than a giant keylogger : In that case, it no longer matter whether or not you can use cryptography software. they have your password… O__o’
Lately a lot of parent were astonished to receive an automatic email with the browser activity of their children on the family edition.
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Yes, that’s what I was talking about.
I found the artlcle that tried to calm things down here.
I honestly can’t say if the article or the website can be blindly trusted on this subject, but most arguments make sense, and they also publish positive content regarding linux, so they are not completely sold to Microsoft.
The main point they make is this : since Microsoft unified their licence agreements, you have articles regarding WIndows, OneDrive and even Xbox live in the same document, which seems confusing to some people. Apparently it is clearly stated that the possibility of access to your data concerns cloud stored files only, which they store on their servers. And for the possibility of banning illegal software, it concerns specific Microsoft software, and Xbox live, and that was already like that before before.
I’m not pro Microsoft and I still believe modern OS’s want to know too much about us (hence my tenacious dream to migrate to linux for real someday), but a lot of extreme and crazy stuff is being said about their licence agreement, like it happened before with Facebook (when artists believed Facebook forced you to give up all copyright on artwork you post on you wall)
(Sorry for the long post 🙂 )
Actually I find this article quite bad : The first line is literally ‘Ahah here is your tinfoil hat, sucker…’
Ad hominem as first argument, sounds like quality writing to me…. T__T
I hoped for a little bit more facts ; I red another article in which they looked at what packet left your PC and where did to go (microsoft obviously) an the amount was insane but sadly I can’t find it back. I’ll post it if I find it again.
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Meanwhile… I managed to get my dual boot with Mint 17.2 Cinnamon up and running again, with all drivers and apps correctly working (NOT a walk in the park – for example, installing Cuda toolkit with the appropriate graphics driver forces you to dive head-first into full commande line interface… the price I had to pay to use my GPU with Cycles)
Linux is really good and mature (at least this distro, I’ve had less luck with the tons of other distros I tried before coming back to Mint Cinnamon), but never trust the crazy Linux geeks that try to sell you the idea that you can use it everyday without knowing CLI or the Terminal, that’s total bullsh*t, unless you only own a computer to surf the web orcheck your e-mail…
Well anyway… if you’re looking for a first Linux distro to test, I vote for Mint Cinnamon 😀
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