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A political consideration
by pimpernel on Tue 26th May 2009 22:42 UTC
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I used Macs until Apple forced iPhone users to use the AT&T network - AT&T was sued by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for supplying the fascist U.S. National Security Agency with all their user data for the purposes of spying on U.S. citizens - without even the assurance that it was legal to do so, which it was not.

(And, by the way, the Obama administration is no better.)

It turns out that KDE on almost any Linux or *BSD is better than OS X - there are no "blocked" preferences or contradictions to or hobbling of the underlying Un*x foundation, or a ridiculous GUI that can't be changed.

I consider Windows too insecure, but if you're familiar with it you can probably lock it down, so I would advise 1) stick with Windows or 2) go KDE/Linux/*BSD.

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