posted on Apr, 9 2019 @ 01:01 PM
a reply to: BrianFlanders
Many of the projects on that page have existed for years now and not all of them are free. The email providers I believe are paid. But you're paying
for privacy and more control over your email.
The point of the list is to be an alternative to things you pay for with your personal data and privacy. Whether open source projects, as many of them
are, or closed paid projects. Most things on there are about giving you more control over your devices, data, whatever.
I'm not sure why linux has the reputation of not being newbie friendly. The file hierarchy is far more straightforward, just about everything you need
to configure is stored in plain text, most desktop environments ship with GUI tools to configure them or you can use a text editor, there's no
registry, many distros offer a convenient package management system with thousands of different software packages available for download and install
at the click of a button, you have to explicitly give yourself root privileges in order to actually # anything up, at any given moment in time I can
find out exactly what's running on my computer and close and start any process I want without hassle, every single thing I do on my computer isn't
being tracked, sent back to Microsoft, linked to an advertising ID and sold to 3rd party companies and all of this from a fully configurable, stable,
modern, desktop environment that offers features no version of windows has ever had(such as a full session manager that can restore your system to
it's last state after powerdowm), a nice easy to use(and find) system settings menu, and runs snappier than windows ever has.
I've got my full library of steam games available, a full suite of music production software that's far more flexible than anything I used to use on
windows. Jack2 is awesome, it lets you route audio and midi inputs and outputs from anything to anything, with a nice easy to use ui that resembles
physically wiring things in a studio, more programming tools and IDEs than i'll probably ever use, professional level graphics, cad and modelling
Basically everything I need. It's been about ten years now and i've been using the same desktop setup, with mostly the same set of tools and
applications(other than some additions and removals) for the entirety of that time. I could probably count the problems i've had over those years on
one hand and none of those were unfixable.