Family Privacy: Part 2

In our last discussion, I discussed about using Firefox to protect your privacy. Now, I will be talking about GNU/Linux, and how to you can get started.

What is GNU/Linux?, GNU, was started by Richard Stallman, and is run by the Free Software Foundation. Linux is a kernel, created by Linus Torvalds. The Linux kernel helped fill in the gap, that the Free Software Foundation had yet to fulfill. That is why any system using GNU software, and the Linux kernel, is called GNU/Linux. Many People just call it Linux, but this isn't technically correct, as Linux is just the kernel.

You may be asking. Why should I use GNU/Linux over Windows? Here are my reasons on why you should make the switch.

  1. Windows does not respect your freedom:

When you use Windows, you are using an operating system that is controlled by a software giant. Microsoft has many examples of not respecting the freedom of its users. Like when Microsoft employed DRM in Windows Vista, that controls what people can do with their media.

  1. Windows is closed source:

Windows is a proprietary operating system. Microsoft does not want you to know what Windows is doing behind the scenes. Because of that, you cannot trust what Windows is doing.

  1. Windows invades your privacy:

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has added many privacy invading functions in the operating system. There is location tracking, native advertising, and more. With Windows 10, you have become a prime target for tracking.

Here is a list of the benefits of GNU/Linux.

  1. Your freedom is respected:

With GNU/Linux, its your system. You can do whatever you wish with it.

  1. GNU/Linux respects your privacy:

You shouldn't have to worry about user tracking. With GNU/Linux you are free from tracking.

  1. Open-Source:

GNU/Linux is open-source, so you can look and see what is happening with your operating system.

Now on to getting started. My recommended distribution is Linux Mint. Mint provides a familiar desktop, for people who use Windows. Mint comes with support for multi-media out of the box. Mint is based on Ubuntu Long Term Support Release, so you get a stable experience with Mint. To get started download a ISO file from https://linuxmint.com. Next, write that image to a disk, or USB drive. I recommend balena etcher for writing to a USB drive. Then, boot into the live environment. Select what how you want to install Mint. If your family member won't be missing Windows, then select erase disk and install Mint. If your family member still needs Windows for some applications, then select install Mint alongside Windows. Follow the instructions in the install prompt. After that, you should be ready to go.

Note: For laptops, make sure you check “install third-party components”. The third-party components contain software and firmware, that allow your laptop to connect to Wi-Fi, and more.

Thanks for reading, I hope this was informative for you. Stick around for part 3!

Resources: https://fsf.org/, https://linuxmint.com/, https://www.fsf.org/windows/upgrade-from-windows#abuses, https://www.balena.io/etcher/, https://fossbytes.com/install-linux-mint-19-tara-guide/, https://www.fsf.org/about/what-is-free-software