Ditching Windows.

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Happy

Guest
Thank you all for the help.

I didn't mean for this to go
off subject but that prism-
break URL is interesting.
Thanks.

But yes, I was inquirying
into Linux cuz of security
reasons. I understand it's
much more secure & the
info here has helped.

And MikeyD,

"....the only TRUE way to stop
NSA surveillance is to stop using
the Internet altogether.
"

Boy, would that be a harsh
life or what? We've become
so depended upon the Net I
can't imagine w/o it anymore.

Thanks folks.
 


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Happy

Guest
Thank you, it's very helpful.

I didn't mean for this to
go off subject. But I am
concerned about security
& I understand Linux is
much more secure.

And MikeyD,

"...the only TRUE way to stop
NSA surveillance is to stop using
the Internet altogether."

Boy, would that be a harsh
life or what? We've become
so dependent on the Net I
can't imagine w/o it anymore.

Thanks all.
 
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bashcommando

Guest
Sounds like it could be MalWare.

You may want to use Ultimate Boot CD DBAN option to wipe the hard drive before installing Linux.

And/or scan your Windows System with a Spyware/Adware detector such as Spybot S&D and/or Malwarebytes, Bitdefender, etc. particularly if you plan on keeping Windows.
How is he going to download linux then?
 
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bashcommando

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@labrat hit the nail on the head. Your OS is only the tip of the iceberg. A large part of data mining comes form internet surfing/services. Got a Google, Yahoo, MSN, Apple, Facebook account? NSA has access to all of it. Use web-based email services? NSA can get access to that information. Use Skype, YouTube, AOL/AIM, or PalTalk? NSA has access to that data. Use any major browser to surf the Internet? The Govt can track your location and sent/received data based on your IP address.

Trying to stop NSA surveillance means a complete change in your tech "lifestyle" online and offline.

This site may help: https://prism-break.org/en/

However, the only TRUE way to stop NSA surveillance is to stop using the Internet altogether.
Or you can create your own version of the internet.
 
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MikeyD

Guest
Or you can create your own version of the internet.
If you're referring to meshnets I'd love to see them grow, but don't see them ever reaching mainstream without either the backing of a big company with $$ to invest (which will most likely kill the meshnet "dream" because the company will need to find a way to make money off of the project) or a way to streamline the process of connecting/setting up a node.
 
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bashcommando

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MikeyD said:
If you're referring to meshnets I'd love to see them grow, but don't see them ever reaching mainstream without either the backing of a big company with $$ to invest (which will most likely kill the meshnet "dream" because the company will need to find a way to make money off of the project) or a way to streamline the process of connecting/setting up a node.
It could be like linux. Donations!
 
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1NewOrbit

Guest
Hi,
Is this possible with my machine?

I'm using an unpartitioned, 500GB IDE HD running
Win XP with 4GB DDR ram, 32 bit.

What I'd like to do is F-disk the HD (if
that's still appropriate), F-Disk the Master
Boot Record, format the entire HD & do all this
without using the Windows XP CD or any Windows
tool.

I understand from above Ultimate Boot CD DBAN can
format the HD nicely, so can it also Fdisk the HD & MBR?

Anyway, I want to keep the HD unpartitioned (or maybe
a small partition since the HD is 500GB).

When the format is done, then
install Linux Mint 16 Petra.

Once Petra is installed, install Virtual Box
(or a better tool) into Linux Petra.

Then install Win XP into Virtual Box.

Once all this is done & running fine,
my intentions are to only(?) use Win XP
running inside Virtual Box for all my
computing needs (no games or like).

Is this possible to do?

And if possible, is it recommended?

Will all my Windows & DOS based programs
work, like my voice over IP Magic Jack for
instance, inside Windows inside Virtual Box, do
you know?

Reason I want to do this is for security
and privacy reasons, yet not give up my needed XP
apps like Magic Jack or my Internet Download
Manager SW, or iTunes, etc..

Any help will be appreciated & will help others too
wanting to do the same thing

[You can learn more why switching to Linux
is extremly important now then ever before by
reading David Spring's free PDF titled Free Youself
From Microsoft & the NSA
. ]
Thank You
 
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Adrian Hugo

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To be honest, I am only keeping a windows partition for gaming. Windows will always be the gaming platform for the very reason that DirectX will never be ported on Linux and pretty much every game I play requires DirectX. Sure, OpenGL is making massive steps and Linux is starting to get better games, but Windows will always have the monopoly. I like to game with other people online via Skype and they of course are running windows. I am not sure if Linux uers and Windows users could even game together online - to my knowledge I don't think that is possible.
 
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TheShellWave

Guest
I still keep Windows due to some software that are not available in Linux. Example would be tax software, and software for my DSLR camera and camcorders.
 
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