I’m currently in the situation of needing a new laptop (very soon) and wanting to use this opportunity to finally get totally rid of Apple Software. So I looked through all computers recommended by the Fairphone community and (almost) decided to go with Why!. But like most Linux based computers in that thread it comes with Ubuntu and I’m not sure I trust them (1). I didn’t yet find out whether it’s possible to install a different OS on a Why! computer or if I have to start searching for computers over after I decided for an OS.
- Ubuntu (1)
- Ubuntu (1)
- Red Hat
- Cent OS
- Ututo XS
- Free BSD
- Open BSD
(1) Ubuntu and Derivatives are not recommended by Prism-Break referring to an article from 2013 about an Amazon Spyware included in Ubuntu. According to the Free Software foundation the spyware is still included in Ubuntu 16+ but no longer enabled by default (*).
- Preinstalled known spyware - even if disabled - is a no-go for me, but e.g. proprietary firmware is a price I’m willing to pay to have a laptop that runs smoothly with high quality hardware.
- I want to run as much free software as possible, but also have the option to install some proprietary software.
For example I don’t think I can live without iTunes, but I’d like to restrict the Apps permissions (does something like XPrivacy exist for GNU/Linux?).
- The user interface should be designed for basic users. I don’t have any experiences with GNU/Linux (I only know OS X and Windows XP) so I’d be an absolute beginner. Reading a guide on how to install an app on GNU/Linux is already too much for me to understand (I’ll probably learn it easily once I have the computer in front of me though).
So: Can anybody recommend an OS that would be right for me?