I use Firefox and Chromium, along with Google Chrome—configured for a supervised user in order to utilize an additional Gmail/Google+ subscription. to load Chrome with the supervised user, and Chromium with the main user—both icons are in my Unity panel(left hand side).
"In general, Linux never tries to tell me how I’m supposed to use my computer, Linux never tells me that I’m not allowed to do something despite my hardware being capable of it, and Linux never tries to force a user interface upon me. Instead, it gives me the freedom to implement my own visions of how I want my computer to behave, which is exactly what I want technology to do. "
Agreed, +Steve Clark. Unwarranted 'hate', for sure. I have an older laptop that can't really handle KDE and that's the only reason I'm not running it. There's so much to love about it and the community is awesome!
"I spend an uncountable amount of hours in the web browser working with bugs and looking and commit logs. Firefox is built by a community of contributors on every continent with a goal of advocating for an open web and to me, that's precious."
Not at my place.....Windows 7 awaits me and my colleagues. But on the plus side - I sit near the IT Desktop Support helpdesk and noticed one of them had Ubuntu running. I asked what it was in connection with and was told it was for supporting a new system that had recently been introduced in our building following a new contract win. So, progress of sorts!
I'm with ya! Since 1999, I've ran my own Linux mail server, and since it was available I've used gmail as well. Thanks to some of the privacy issues and the NSA, I've become less and less comfortable with google yet ironically more comfortable with Microsoft.
I've strongly been considering using their hosted exchange simply because I'm tired of fighting spammers and other untoward folks on my own. In addition because I actually believe microsoft is invested in privacy - they have a LOT to lose by not holding that up. With Google it's like we've all accepted that our privacy is a tradeoff for the product provided. And that's fine if you accept it.
So like you I'm at a crossroads. Glad to see I'm not alone!