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Old 03-07-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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Hi folks !

Linux newbie, I would like to know which are the safest linux distributions to protect data privacy ?

According to RMS ubuntu is not safe : should I prefer debian ?

Thanks for your help.
Old 03-07-2014, 12:37 PM   #2
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The answer likely depends on who is out to get you, and what tools they are using to spy on you.

My personal rule of thumb is, I never do anything on my computer that I would mind reading about in the newspaper the next day.

Debian is a wonderful distribution, and would be a fine choice for someone concerned about data privacy, in my opinion. I personally do not have an ethical problem with what Ubuntu is doing (it is no different than, for example, what happens when you shop on a site like but I am not fond of Ubuntu for different reasons.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:40 PM   #3
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First you have to define "protecting data privacy". The range of meanings might be very wide.
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Old 03-07-2014, 05:31 PM   #4
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Computer security/privacy is a process, not a product. As snowpine said "The answer likely depends on who is out to get you, and what tools they are using to spy on you." Decide what level of security/privacy you're looking for, and take it from there. Search for such things as "hardened Linux" for more info on how to go about this.

Edit: Having said this, I use OpenBSD, because of their focus on clean code and security.

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