Solved Choosing Windows 10 or Linux

November 28, 2019 at 15:26:46
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I need to decide on a new system and truly need your help. I have a business computer currently running Windows 7. I need the safest option available to replace it and see so many people going both ways.

I wanted to ask some details about the privacy of Linux. We are supposed to think it’s the most private option. Considering Linux Mint, being that you download it from any mirror you choose, I was just wondering, does that website or organization have any access to data about your system forever being that you downloaded Mint from them? I was wondering if I can trust a certain organization with my data if they have access to our systems because we downloaded from them. Unless they have none at all and just supply the download file? Who creates the updates for Mint? I see Ubuntu has one download link and no mirrors providing the download which is what I’d expect from a company’s software.

As for Windows 10, do you personally feel it can be private or not private at all, regarding files in the system when the setting are customized. Do you feel it is the most vulnerable Windows system yet being fairly new, or the strongest, safest one they made so far based on security?


I read an article claiming that there was a privacy flaw do to an update for Ubuntu in 2016 https://www.networkworld.com/articl...
Something called snap packages in this update allowed for “An application that has no access to any of your private data can wait until your session is idle, open an unconfined terminal and then use curl to send your data to a remote site,”. I don’t want to have to consider worrying about accidental issues like this in the future.

I know Linux has very little antivirus options and malware is more the concern for those systems and that it is extremely less vulnerable to spying, viruses, ect. than Windows but I don’t have strong enough trust yet. I know Linux systems are not the target today and Windows is. I guess I just want assurance about the complete trust of companies running Linux for security.

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November 29, 2019 at 10:22:23
I started using Linux over 10 years ago, right around the time Microsoft released Vista. I experimented with several different distros before finally deciding to go with Mint. I prefer the Xfce desktop environment over Cinnamon or Mate. Mint is based on Ubuntu so generally, anything that works with Ubuntu will also work with Mint. The link you posted regarding a possible security issue with Ubuntu is from 2016 & was with version 16.04. The current versions of Mint are based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Long Term Support) & are supported until April 2023. Whether you use Ubuntu or a distro based on Ubuntu, always stick with LTS releases.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Linux is much more secure than Windows for a number of reasons. Plus with Windows, especially Win10, there is absolutely no doubt that you're being spied upon. There have been plenty of articles written over the years that confirm this.
https://www.eurodns.com/blog/window...
https://itsfoss.com/linux-better-th...

The Mint Linux mirror sites all offer the same file to download. They are not customized downloads.



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November 28, 2019 at 16:44:13
If security is your sole concern, stick to a Linux distro.

Having said that, you need to weigh the cost of moving to that platform. It's not just security that should concern you. The number of programs that you may be using may be far too great to absorb the "shock" (for lack of a better word) of going to it. While there's many programs that have been developed for Linux, there's still a great more for Windows (any version).

The cost of relearning everything (especially if you've not "dipped your toes" into the Linux-world) is also a concern. If it's just you and you're well-versed in it, then this shouldn't be a concern. If you're thinking a "company-wide" type change, then that will be a huge concern.

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November 28, 2019 at 21:57:57
It’s just me, the programs would not be a concern, I just need something to open Microsoft Excel and Word documents mostly. The rest is done online.
It’s just simply a question of privacy for those documents. Is it for sure that the team maintaining the distro has no access to your files in any way? Is there a certain Linux distro that is safest of all? Im simply protecting people’s information and was comfortable with Windows 7 but am forced to leave it now and don’t feel very comfortable with 10 replacing it

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November 28, 2019 at 22:09:06
Technically, you're no more forced to leave Windows 7 than any other version prior to it. Security of any files is more operator driven than operating system driven. Having the data securely backed up and offline would go further than any drastic OS change you could make.

Nonetheless, it'd pay to look at OpenBSD if there is that much concern. It's generally regarded as one of the most secure OS's available.

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November 29, 2019 at 10:22:23
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I started using Linux over 10 years ago, right around the time Microsoft released Vista. I experimented with several different distros before finally deciding to go with Mint. I prefer the Xfce desktop environment over Cinnamon or Mate. Mint is based on Ubuntu so generally, anything that works with Ubuntu will also work with Mint. The link you posted regarding a possible security issue with Ubuntu is from 2016 & was with version 16.04. The current versions of Mint are based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Long Term Support) & are supported until April 2023. Whether you use Ubuntu or a distro based on Ubuntu, always stick with LTS releases.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases

Linux is much more secure than Windows for a number of reasons. Plus with Windows, especially Win10, there is absolutely no doubt that you're being spied upon. There have been plenty of articles written over the years that confirm this.
https://www.eurodns.com/blog/window...
https://itsfoss.com/linux-better-th...

The Mint Linux mirror sites all offer the same file to download. They are not customized downloads.


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November 29, 2019 at 17:34:36
Thank you Riider! Quite helpful.
I was wondering, what do you guys think of Oracle Solaris 11? Is it smart for word documents? Is it as safe as Linux?

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