Brief reporting here of a slogan sold cheap “your privacy is important to us” or “we put your privacy 1st“, used by many commercialized old software and services, that became too popular for “industry” to leave alone. Sometimes marketing hype and sloganism becomes more than actual meaning and content. It is the myth that sells. So how is open/free software and a free search engine, committed to user privacy, used by large marketing businesses, and data miners, is used as a lure to do exactly what Microsoft explorer, msn, google, yahoo, mozilla, do, but with an “activist’s” dress? I am talking about waterfox and startpage, both sold during the past couple of years to a data mining business. And if it wasn’t a data miner it is now.
Two new distributions (Sulinox and Split Linux) to keep an eye on were added on our 2 lists of systemd without systemd. The early first list of all systems we know without systemd (including BSD varieties) and our more detailed list of 66 linux distributions without systemd.
The first is called Sulinox, an independent linux distribution, built on glibc with OpenRC as init, a base software available on repositories with a few varieties of desktops, and elogind present, available for X86_64 architectures. The distribution is aimed at expert users who know and like to build packages from source. To do so in a more organized way and maintain system integrity Sulinox has developed their own package manager called inary. For those of you who like to keep an eye on the source repository of a distribution and follow development in detail we warn you that comments are in Turkish, although the rest of the documentation for the distro and the package manager is written in English. Continue reading
Cynwulf1 in a comment about waterfox left an advise to not trust so much a “popular browser fork” just because it has become popular “saying” it is safer and more private than the original. After some discussion with friends and associates a couple of links came up as appearing to be telling some truth about why some are really bad, some are equally bad, some not so bad, but all with rational arguments and explanations on how they draw those moral conclusions.
As all things published on the internet, by a variety of portrayed experts, should ultimately be taken under a critical eye, “who is publishing this and why do they want me convinced”, these two links below may answer a common question: What browser is “safer” to use, what email provider respects my privacy and anonymity?
This is an open call to any willing to contribute a summary or even an extensive analysis of the ways that OpenBSD is superior in terms of security to Linux and other systems. The motivation stems from two comments that have appeared here recently by cynwulf (1,2). To clarify the motivation for this is not to counter such a presentation to defend linux but to learn ourselves, as we simply don’t know. Between the marketing rhetoric of various systems it is hard to really tell what claim really stands up and what is unsupported. From the long list of open and sometimes free operating systems you will hardly find one that doesn’t claim it is secure. So here we go revisiting the terms security, privacy, anonymity, to conceptualize what in general data-security means and whether one needs to be concerned, or not – so concerned. Continue reading
Waterfox doesn’t sell access to your personal information like other companies. In fact – they don’t even collect any. From privacy tools to tracking protection, you’re in charge of who sees what.
This sounds like a pretty good commitment compared to what is going around these days in the front of “selling users’ personal information”. Most browsers today seem to cater to the needs of internet controlling corporations and less to users’ needs, making it harder for them to control the flow of personal information outwards, Continue reading