Originally Posted by quantumstate
Well, good point Eric, LOL. RGB's mission
is to bring people over to Linux, but it is also true that data sent to that-search-engine-everyone-uses is not being used as you intend. I've seen search histories pulled, and it is scary how completely a profile of someone can be drawn from their searches. In the EU they have strong privacy and data retention laws, which are absent here. Think about it; most ppl think nothing of turning over their searches, contacts, calendars, network of all their friends, their location at every moment, their texts, their voicemails, and in fact their very phone calls to the Greatest Data Mining Operation In The History Of The World. If you had any way of appreciating what a bonanza this for criminals, cops, hackers, intel agencies, detectives, etc, you would throw that Information Radiator in the toilet.
For the record, I have an Android phone, but I run hacked firmware, and I use a number of security tools on it.
FOSS is not about Free Speech
. It's about more, the freedom to do what you want. The freedom to maintain your privacy if you are so inclined and technically able. It's also about free software, and running the safest peer-reviewed applications possible.
Yes, since this thread was started, I've been over-the-top occasionally on the "mission" part
The Idea of the user/consumer owning/controlling their PC software and its operation is a powerful one. However, the Market demands profit and return on investment, which explains why given the opportunity to completely control your PC and maintain your computing freedom/privacy/etc with FOSS OS's, consumers choose otherwise. Rather, businesses (commercial interests) and investors choose otherwise.
This exercise in personal computing freedoms will go down in the history books as a Grand sociological experiment, .
Interesting to note that a Linux OS company RedHat (RHT) provided better returns to investors from 2009 through today vs MSFT. No, RHT is not a desktop OS company, but FOSS versions for the desktop are available (CentOS, Fedora, etc). I was hoping another company like Canonical might provide similar financial market success to the desktop, but commercial and investor returns appear elusive for anyone attempting a desktop/consumer OS based on linux. ChromeOS, future Android versions and/or the new Android-kernel Ubuntu (announced for phones/tablets) may be promising.