Reasons To Ditch Windows For Linux

Linux, sometimes referred to by the press as ‘Windows NT’s worst enemy’. Wired Magazine once called it ‘The greatest story never told’. This is a perfect definition because the story behind Linux is indeed a great one, yet it is unknown to so many people.
Let’s start at the beginning.

Back when ‘Stayin’ Alive’ was still topping the charts, and Microsoft was a spec in the world of computers, AT&T produced a multi-user operating system and labeled it ‘UNIX’. Throughout the years, UNIX caught on and many different versions of it began to come out. A popular one, called ‘Minix’ (mini-UNIX) was available for use at The University of Helsinki in Finland. A student at the University named Linus Torvalds believed he could create an operating system superior to Minix. In 1991 he started his new operating system as a side project, but it soon developed into a full-time hobby until 1994 when the first official version of the operating system was released.

Linux is Easier than Windows – Even your grandma should use it!

You’re probably now saying ‘so what’s the big deal about Linux? Isn’t it just another operating system?’ Absolutely not! First of all, Linux is released under something called ‘open source license’. Open source is really more of an idea than a thing. Linux is released with all the source code and files that it was made with. This means a few things. Anyone who is good at programming can mess with the Linux code and release his own version of it. This also means that even though if you buy Linux in a store it will cost money, you’re not paying for the actual Linux itself. Your money goes to the price of packaging, the extra software that comes with the operating system, and technical support. The second, and most important reason that Linux is a big deal is because it’s a much more stable operating system than Windows. It runs on any system; even bottom of the line 386’s from before Linux even came out. Programs running under Linux almost never crash, and in the off chance that one does because of bad programming by the program author, it will not take the operating system down with it. Another important reason Linux is good is that it is secure. It is much harder to bring down by a hacker than Windows is. This is just an extremely short list of the reasons why Linux is so great. For further reading check out.

Today Linux can stand toe-to-toe with the best that Microsoft has to offer and there are at least five reasons to make the switch. In addition to the five below, Linux runs on fewer machines and therefore ends up with fewer viruses and malware as compared to Windows.

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The only Linux antivirus! Steps to install ClamAV in Linux.

Many of the popular Windows antivirus programs have a Linux equivalent (F-Secure, Sophos, ESET NOD32, Comodo, F-PROT). But more often than not these do little more than scan for signatures of Windows viruses. This doesn’t mean they should be disregarded outright!

If you use Wine to run Windows programs then you could inadvertently use it to run Windows malware. Also, if you run an email server then it’s absolutely in your interests to scan incoming messages for Windows threats. Even if you don’t, maybe you’d rather know if that file you can’t remember downloading contains a Windows nasty, and maybe you’d feel safer scanning it from Linux.

Your desktop might not need it, but Linux has antivirus software too.

We’re going to look at what appears to be the only open source antivirus software, ClamAV.

Many popular Linux distributions include a nearly latest up-to-date version of ClamAV on repositories, or you can compile it yourself if you’re feeling brave enough. But generally speaking you’re also fine with an older version since it will still download up-to-date virus database definitions.

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Build a virtual machine with VirtualBox in Linux

Virtualization is almost as old as our beloved integrated silicon chips.
At the beginning of the 1960s, there had been two major computing issues.
First, many individual mainframe models were bespoke, so incompatible.
The other stumbling block was that as integrated processors became more powerful, institutions wanted to implement flexible “timesharing” between multiple users.

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IBM dismissed this multi-user batch processing was definitely the future! But in 1963, it lost a large MIT contract to General Electric. Realising its huge mistake, IBM developed the general purpose S/360 architecture, which could be implemented on a wide range of compatible systems. In 1965, IBM released the S/360-76, the world’s first mainframe to support virtualisation. And the rest is very much history.

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How to protect your privacy by blocking all annoying Spotify ads & analytics in Linux, OSX and Windows with hosts file.

Today I will show you how to easily block the servers hosting Spotify ads on your Linux/Mac or Windows machine with a hosts file. This will allow you to listen all day long on a free account without hearing a single ad + to protect yourself from Spotify selling your private data to highest bidder. This trick is very simple, legal and works great. Spotify may catch on and find some way to stop this from working but, as of today (23 August 2019) it works swimmingly.


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Blocking Ad Server

In order to remove those pesky ads, all we need to do is setup out hosts file to override the DNS for Spotify’s ad servers and redirect that traffic to our local machine. When the traffic hits out local machine the call will fail and the ad will be skipped. Follow the steps below to add the entries needed.

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Stop & uninstall Windows Telemetry/Tracking

This has been going around on the ‘Net the past few days. It has been found that Windows 10 uploads data to its servers even when every “feature” and app that normally might be expected to do that is disabled/uninstalled. For example, even if you don’t use the Cortana voice-command feature or Bing search, stuff is still being uploaded to Microsoft servers related to this. And even when users choose to not participate in any sort of customer improvement options and disable any kind of tracking, it is still tracking and uploading things.
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Not only is this a big privacy issue, there is also a system performance issue, as extra CPU cycles must be run and disk and network activity must occur to process these telemetry-related tasks.
And it is also the case that Windows 8.1 and 7 also are now doing this. Microsoft has been adding all these telemetry and tracking aspects to them lately through Windows Update, making them closer to Windows 10.
The advice from many experts now is to not go near Windows 10. Do not install it. Retain your privacy and control over your systems.
Below are instructions for disabling the unwanted telemetry/tracking in Windows 7 and 8.1

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By updating Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 you are allowing Microsoft to spy on you

There’s been a lot of discussion about Telemetry in Windows as well as avoiding the Windows 10 upgrade. Here is the list of service bulletins we compiled and what they do. It should be noted that even when not installed, they may appear again so this will require some effort on your part. Most people … Read more By updating Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 you are allowing Microsoft to spy on you

Hey you! Why don't you try Linux?!

Hi my name is Anis! And I’m a full time Linux user and I know a lot about it. It’s a great system, does not spy on you, and makes it very difficult to get malware. In the past few years, it’s also become a great platform for gaming, too. Here’s the answers to a bunch of questions I usually hear about Linux from Windows users.
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How to: Get rid off Microsoft's OneDrive with one file.

With this shellcode you can get rid of Microsoft’s OneDrive plague. Which allows Windows (10) automatically store you private stuff and can be access by Microsoft staff for “juridical” reasons  according to the privacy statement. Paste this code below in into your favor text editor such as notepad++ (which i recommend). @echo off cls set x86=”%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe” … Read more How to: Get rid off Microsoft's OneDrive with one file.

The Complete Guide for Hidden Services And Staying Anonymous

The free Internet that many of us loved has become a surveillance web, serving governments and mega-corps, while abusing the rest of us. For those whose eyes are opening to this sad fact, I’ve have assembled this guide.
This purpose of this guide is to make Internet privacy as simple and concise as possible. Our intention is not just for you to understand, but for you to
act upon the information we give you.
Learning to protect yourself online is simple, and does not need to interfere with your daily activity. This is the complete  guide to surfing anonymously. What steps you choose to take depend upon what you wish to guard against. Each level will require more work or money to achieve, but gives much greater protection.

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Large Man Looking At Co-Worker With A Magnifying Glass — Image by © Images.com/Corbis

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Free useful software for everyone.

Free as in beer, not free as in freedom – though some of it is both. I didn’t put trialware there, or things that require you to pay, to get certain features. You can use Ninite.com to install a lot of it automatically, without any toolbars and crap like that. I didn’t include things like Blender and Sketchup, as they are, in my opinion, very niche. If you need such software, I’d assume you would already know about it. Obviously most of it is for Windows, but a lot of it is multi-platform.

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