Welcome to NewToLinux

Last Updated on December 7, 2020 by NewToLinux

I started this site since I am New To Linux and determined to figure out how to transition to Linux as my main computer OS. This site will document my journey through posts and pages with links to sites I found valuable, some curated content, and some original content to fill in the gaps to clear up possible confusion I found along the way, so you do not experience the same possible frustrations I had.

On the day I am typing this, my main OS is Windows. I use it daily at work and have it installed on several computers at home. I do own a Macbook Pro, so I do have some exposure to Mac OS as well. I bought the Macbook Pro since I wanted to learn to make IOS apps, but that really never happened.

So why Linux? Several reasons . . .

As I get older, I am noticing “big tech” is getting way too much into my business. When my family and I talk about something, and an ad pops up shortly after on a website or phone app, there is a problem. I know that is not really a computer operating system intrusion, but Microsoft and Apple are a part of the problem.

I watched the movie “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix. While I had an idea most of the stuff mentioned in the movie was happening, it was a bit alarming when it was all compacted into less than 2 hours of information. To learn more about the organization behind the movie, take a look at the Center for Humane Technology.

While I do not do anything sketchy online, I do not think Microsoft, Apple, and the other Big Tech companies need to be in my business. I just did a clean install of Windows 10 on a laptop to prep the laptop for Linux dual boot testing. When going through the plethora of configuration screens, one must have a Microsoft account for starters. The system wants you to allow all these permissions of data collection to individualize the “experience”. No thanks. Additionally, Apple required you to have an Apple ID to use any of their products/services.

While we will never get our privacy back, we can get some. Linux as a computer operating system is one way.

Let the journey begin.