A few days ago on Ubunlog we talked about it Ubuntu is better than Windows 10 and we made a comparison between the two operating systems. The truth is that Windows 10 has been among the public for a few weeks, and it is clear that, like it or not, Microsoft have done something good to vary, coming up with a version that is very better than the previous ones. That, of course, is a good thing.
What is no longer so good is that Windows 10 collects large amounts of data about you and your PC, And it seems that many media believe that it is fine and that it is an evolution of the operating system. For me, although I consider Windows 10 to be a good evolution to vary – in addition to something necessary – it is another reason to migrate to Ubuntu or Linux permanently.
Many blogs and websites are dealing with Windows 10 with much benevolence, So to speak. Many have said that Windows 10 actually collects a lot of data, but that’s fine because others are doing the same – and point the finger at Google and Facebook. Just because others do it doesn’t mean it’s okay, In no sense. It is interesting to see how, in just a few years, we have lost our apprehension of losing our privacy and above all we have the value of dir-evolution.
There are so many things that flow information about you from Windows 10 onwards it would take you a good while to stop them all. As we have said, Microsoft takes a lot of data from you as a user, and not just on your computer. Things like location, usage preferences and even contacts are “harvested” and shipped if you don’t prevent it from happening. Even with everything turned off it is difficult to determine whether it does not happen anyway.
However, it should be made clear that not bad per se that Microsoft collects this data. Redmond admits they do, and it seems they have become a company closer to users in every way. We insist, as with Google and Facebook, they warn that they are doing this. If the user wants to transfer the data is up to him, In the end it becomes a legal thing when you accept the terms and conditions of the system. Apparently, the new Windows superecosystem in which there will be this huge confluence between devices requires the collection of usage data heaps to function, And if the user is willing to cede his can not be forced not to do so.
Cortana as an example
What you will read below is an excerpt from the Microsoft website. It is not an interpretation, it is a textual quote. We’re not judging, but you have to know that’s what’s going on. If you want to know more, we recommend you visit the Cortana FAQ.
When you use Cortana, Microsoft collects and uses information included in your device information and location history, contacts, voice input, search history, calendar details, content, and message communication history. and applications and other device information. In Microsoft Edge, Cortana collects and uses browsing history.
In the end it turns out that Stallman was right.
Ubuntu as an example
I only have two issues, and none of them are with Windows 10 itself. One, as you may have imagined, is that the media will turn this collection of user data into, while it is a legal thing, the most natural thing in the world. It is not the most natural thing in the world even if everyone else does. Linux doesn’t, and doesn’t need to.
The second problem I have with us, the Linux user community, is that many times it is not consistent with his criticisms. Paraphrasing the Joker in The Dark Knight, Microsoft collects heaps of usage data and nothing happens, but Ubuntu sends a few search requests to Amazon and everyone loses their minds.
Ubuntu as an alternative
One of the most read phrases in different internet forums in the past is that Ubuntu missed a good opportunity to prevail when Windows 8 was seen as a bluff too expensive. In my opinion Ubuntu has never had it as good as it does now. For now Linux in general is the best user data protection that exists, and will never collect data about you or your PC. Linux systems in general and Ubuntu in particular they will not need your data to perform more. In fact, most Ubuntu flavors are doing things better than the rest of mortals.
However: Why aren’t these migrations happening right now? This point has been debated many times and the reasons have been made very clear, but we can reduce everything to the lack of triple A games and compatibility of proprietary programs with important licenses, such as AutoCAD or Photoshop, in professional environments. And yet, there are free or open source alternatives just as capable as proprietary ones. The issue of games is already another matter. If only someone deigned to fix this at once… And no, Steam Machines and Steam US are not doing it at the moment.
There is a very clear red line right now: Windows is choosing to use its components line more in its internal functionality while Linux continues to bet on privacy. If we add to this a secure file system in which it is necessary to make a significant escalation of privileges in order to violate its security, there is only one possible answer.