So, over the past few weeks I’ve been on a bit of a ‘degoogling’ spree. I love Android, and I don’t mind Google per-se. Except the amount of data they know about me (and that’s just the stuff they admit to) is absolutely staggering. I suspect they actually know what I had for dinner on any given night.
So my phone now runs Android Open Source using a variant of LineageOS for my Oneplus 6. It doesn’t have the Google Services Framework installed. As a result Google can only tell which websites I’ve been to if they have Google Ads or Adsense installed. Assuming I don’t run any adblocker of course. Which I might. Not telling 😉
Which then got me to reading up a bit more about various privacy things and I discovered that Windows 10 sends a boatload of information back to Microsoft about what you do on your PC and what’s installed.
What is up with this these days? Why does everyone want to know what I’m up to?
Anyway – my Surface Pro 4 is now running Linux Mint 19. And it looks mighty fine for it.
Spin off benefit – Docker works much much better under Linux. Much quicker, doesn’t take up nearly as much RAM or disk space and starts up almost immediately. Bonus 🙂
The touch screen on the Surface Pro 4 doesn’t work in Mint. But I rarely use it anyway. It’s basically, for me, just a high powered, ultra light and thin laptop anyway.
Who knows how long I’ll stay on this – I shall keep you posted 🙂