Best Linux distro for privacy protection?

Today in Open Source: Protect your privacy with Linux. Plus: A review of PCLinux OS, and the EFF versus Canonical over Ubuntu trademark issues

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Linux, Ubuntu

Best Distro for Privacy Protection?
Privacy is in the news right now, with many people concerned about the NSA spying scandal, identity theft and hacker intrusion into their computers. TechRadar has an overview of the best Linux distros for protecting your privacy.

Among other things here at Linux Format we are also a bit clairvoyant. We decided that it was the right moment to look at 'anonymous' Linux distributions many weeks before mainstream media started discussing PRISM.

Linux 'anonymous' distros are designed to help in just these kinds of situations. As a minimum, these systems are pre-configured to make it easier to surf the web without telling everybody in clear text where, or who, you really are.

Privacy distros:

IprediaOS
Liberté
Privatix
Tails
Whonix

Linux Privacy Distros

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Kudos to TechRadar for this report, I'm sure some of these distros will be completely new to some Linux users. So it's great that TechRadar is drawing attention to them. I hope it helps any with privacy issues you're worried about right now.

PCLinuxOS Review
LinuxInsider has a review of PCLinuxOS 2013 and they seemed to like it a lot.

PCLinuxOS is a a satisfying Linux choice for everyday computer users. It provides the ease-of-use other distros claim but often fail to deliver. It is ideal for Web surfing as well as performing business and personal computing tasks.

If you want a desktop experience filled with special effects and eye candy, opt for the KDE options that PCLinuxOS offers. If you prefer a fast and functional desktop with nice visual effects, check out the LXDE and MATE versions.

PC Linux OS 2013 Review

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EFF Versus Canonical
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is going after Canonical over its handling of trademark law issues.

Over the past few days, EFF and one of our staff technologists, the talented Micah Lee, have had an illuminating back and forth with Canonical Ltd over the use of the Ubuntu mark. While we don’t believe that Canonical has acted with malice or intent to censor, its silly invocation of trademark law is disturbing. After all, not everyone has easy recourse to lawyers and the ability to push back.

That matters, because Canonical’s actions reflect a much bigger problem: a pervasive and unfounded belief that if you don’t police every unauthorized use of a trademark you are in danger of losing it. We hope that some clarity on this point might help companies step back from wasteful and censorious trademark enforcement.

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Hat Tip: Softpedia

As I said in a previous article, Canonical definitely seemed to overreact to the Fix Ubuntu site. Not only did it set off the EFF, it also seemed to leave a bad taste in a lot of user's mouths.

Canonical ended up looking like the bad guy, and for what? Just to remove some logos off a small site that very few people had ever heard of?

Come on Canonical, use a little discretion next time when trademark issues come up. You might save yourselves a lot of aggravation and bad press.

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