Originally Posted by GorillaSceptre
Mods may as well make a Windows hate thread and just update it. It's the same people posting the same tired arguments over and over again.. We get it, MS are evil, Valve, Google, Apple, etc, are fine.
There are privacy concerns, but misquoting, using hyperbolic statements to turn a mole hill into a mountain, and sometimes articles flat out lying, do nothing but hurt the credibility of valid issues. You aren't "safe" or private no matter what platform you're on, but use Linux if it makes you feel better. This whole thing reminds me of the-"macs can't get viruses" nonsense.
You know, I was about to post everything again, but this is absolutely pointless because several days later just the next guy is going to make the same exaggerated statement.
First of all, not all of us use Apple, Google, nor Valve.
Second, you cannot compare their application level software
and their small ecosystems to what Windows has become, with its proprietary protocols, APIs, drivers and software combined
with its market share.
For example, while iPhones tend to claim ~15% of the smartphone market, Windows takes over 90% of the PC market. This has forced many developer to focus their efforts into building their Software for Windows alone.It is a bit unfair when you are forced to choose between doing your job and bringing food to your family's table and not sacrificing your privacy data, don't you think?
There is also another factor in play here - most the power users are aware of these issues and free to make a choice. But a massive
piece of the involved demographic do not know what Linux is, nor are they aware of their data hand-off that is happening right now.
Furthermore, old Windows versions, along with many other services (including Steam, since you mentioned valve), can be forbidden from sniffing around your computer and transmitting data. And when configured so, they would actually stop
, unlike W10.
So please refrain from extreme conclusions in the likes of "MS are evil for doing it but Apple, Google and Facebook are forgiven".