I'm sorry. I don't think I got a notification of your comment or didn't take note of it when I did.
This suggests otherwise:http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/10/05/microsoft-news-windows-10-privacy-minecraft-story-mode-lumia-950-leak-skype-updates/
[from the article] Myerson said information collected by Windows 10 is encrypted in transit to Microsoft’s servers stored in secure facilities. What kind of data does Windows 10 collect? To improve application reliability, Windows 10 collects anonymous “telemetry data” like device IDs, device types and application crash data — which does not include content or files. Windows 10 customizes your preferences like your favorite sports teams to give you scores and updates. And Windows 10 also remembers the common words you type into text messaging conversations to provide completion suggestions. Privacy advocates may be thrilled to hear that Windows 10 does not scan the content of your email, files or other communications for targeted advertising purposes.
Fortunately, you can change around your Windows 10 privacy settings by going to Settings > Privacy. And you can adjust the privacy settings for each specific app through the Settings area within that app.
But that was last week. This week: http://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2015/10/12/microsoft-monday-bad-windows-10-features-return-new-devices-project-x-ray-and-free-skype-minutes/2/
[from the article] Last week, Forbes contributor Gordon Kelly pointed out some privacy-violating features that disappeared from Windows 10 have returned on Windows 7 and Windows 8 “for a second time.” Microsoft reissued four user tracking patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8 and one was marked as “Important” so it will automatically install on PCs that are running default Windows Update settings.
The four patches includes KB 2952664 (snooping patch originally issued on Windows 7 in April), KB 2976978 (diagnostics tool that sends data to Microsoft from the Consumer Experience Improvement Program [CEIP] originally issued in June), KB 2977759 (diagnostics scanner that checks if hardware is compatible for a Windows 10 upgrade) and KB 3035583 (patch that includes ‘Get Windows 10’ nagware popup).
... I didn't even upgrade to Windows 10. In fact, while I was waiting for my turn, I changed my mind, cut ties with Windows, wiped my hard drive clean, and installed Linux Mint Debian Edition. I miss Windows not at all. My computer is set up the way I want, and I don't think I could be happier, given my hardware.
I'm determined to use Linux and only Linux now. If it doesn't work on Linux, I don't want it. I'm not switching back to Windows for anything.
It's not just these privacy concerns, it's that I'd have to contend with Microsoft's crappy attitude toward its users. Other than that, I heard that the "upgrades" didn't go so well overall, that there have been complications. One person even told me Windows 10 bricked his computer, which had been running a legitimate copy of Windows. I guess it still is. A bricked version that hooped everything. And he's a very experienced IT professional.
I'm perfectly happy for you if Windows 10 works for you. That's great! But while Linux isn't perfect, compared to Windows and in the most important ways (technically), Linux is perfect.
Running Windows 7, updates used to be a major hassle. On LMDE, they're a background thing that doesn't require rebooting (unless it's a kernel update). No waiting way too long on reboot for that damn thing to tell me I can use my computer again.
Considering how much of this OS is created and run by volunteers, Microsoft should be ashamed their OS isn't freaking amazing. It obviously works, but if essential issues like stability and security are an ongoing flaw in the operating system itself, its design, then Microsoft's existence is mostly if not wholly dependent on the will of the many to go along with stuff that doesn't make sense.
Microsoft used to sell a licensed version of Unix, Xenix: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenix
Check out this video of it connecting to the Internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenix
I wonder what the world would be like if 90% of the world were running Xenix instead of Windows on their PCs. Linux, or whatever GNU became, would be a free variant of Unix, already the main OS on desktops. I bet it would have been amazing. And I think any hatred toward Microsoft would be because they were big, sucessful, and sucked their customers into committing way too much to their... perfectly stable and secure products. The entire world would be much better.
I might not have switched to or be running Linux now because Windows wouldn't be so tremendously annoying to me and millions of others.
I can't claim Linux is the best for everyone and everything in the way they want, but I can claim that Linux is much closer to the ideal than Windows and could have all the advantages of Windows with more support from developers, which would give more support from users, or vice versa, so it's a catch-22. For Windows to be truly great in the way Linux is or could be, Microsoft would have to redesign Windows, probably to be more like Unix since so much depends on Unix or its like. I simply default to thinking Unix is so damn well-designed and well-established and because both Linux and OS X seem based on it, that Windows 10 will still have a very tough time hurting either one, especially in their strengths.
Microsoft is panicking I think because while Apple may have a small proportion of current PCs being used, they probably have a huge proportion of new PC sales. Because people don't want to deal with Microsoft's shit unless they know exactly all of what they're getting into, like gamers and enterprise.
Apple has accomplished more than I think they set out to do and they'll keep going. The Linux community, as far as I can tell, doesn't really care because their operating system suits them
So... while iPhones might still not work with Linux file systems, stability and connectivity do matter to me. That's why it's so very nice to have a responsive kernel that auto-detects devices quicker than Windows, doesn't need a bunch of installed drivers to run basic things, and runs the world's servers, even Microsoft's.
Microsoft should have done a MUCH better job of Windows NT. If you think about it, the BSD Unix OS X was based on was being developed in the 90s, but it wasn't until Windows XP that most people started using Windows NT. Meanwhile, Linux on the desktop is very normal for regular users, now, not something weird or awkward.
I thoroughly believe Microsoft will continue shooting itself in the feet with its tactics, especially as far as upgrading and privacy. Even that news outlets feel comfortable criticizing Windows for its privacy is an indicator, to me, that Microsoft didn't do its job well enough. I think Microsoft should have made very
sure there were no reasonable privacy concerns. But I'm a fan of Linux, and Linux has quite a small proportion of the desktop... and most of mobile... and pretty much all of servers and supercomputers. Because Microsoft has nurtured a community of compliance and submission.
The same people that don't want to pay a premium for Apple products either don't care about their computing experience and just want something cheap or they care so much about it that they know exactly what they're doing and use Windows because it runs what they want and need.
That mid-range ~ probably the most profitable, as it includes most of the middle class ~ will keep buying Apple or other high-end products that require little to any knowledge of computers or computing.
But... Linux? Linux will keep growing and growing. Slowly but surely. And as Microsoft pushes away everyone but their least-initiated users and those who actually need
their products, some of them will try Linux. And it'll grow just a little.
Microsoft, in my opinion, is a loser. Maybe I'm not one to speak ~ I haven't accomplished much in my life, though what I have, I'm fiercely happy for ~ but any technology company that is only
around because its users are stuck
with its products or are too cheap
to do anything else or are too stupid
to learn something else is a kind of parasite. Microsoft is in it for the money and they've done very well. In the evolutionary way, they're helping things along great by sucking people into compliance and keeping them controlled so someone else can take even more advantage of them. But for all the good Microsoft has done making computers popular, a more conscientious-yet-ambitious company could have done the job better. Unfortunately, nobody in Linux has really cared to do that, including Canonical/Ubuntu. Or they've just missed the mark and need some help :-)