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lisamint 11-04-2019 11:36 AM

Everyday distro for security and privacy?
 
Hi Everyone,

Hope you can give me advice on this, please.

I have been reviewing a few distros for everyday use (I am not talking about Tails, Quebs, Whonnix, Subgraph OS, etc.), looking particularly for one that balances stability (in terms of very few/no bugs, crashes, strange behaviour), security, and privacy. Based on those premises, I have a few options, but I am not sure about which one to choose, so I would like you to give me your opinions on those (or any other you may suggest), please: Debian (stable), PureOS, ElementaryOS, Linux Mint (Cinnamon or Debian Edition).

I also considered other two options that I discarded for different reasons:
- Parrot OS: it is focused on 'testing' security issues but I don't really know whether it is also security/privacy-oriented itself.
- Linux Kodachi: I found some reviews critizising the lack of transparency of the project (one-man project, no information about VPN logs, software apparently 'sending data home', etc.).

Besides, I would like to stick with a (more) widely supported distro as the ones cited above.

Your feedback will be hightly appreciated. Thanks for your help.

jamison20000e 11-04-2019 12:25 PM

sid netinst; I've run this for years and years now, barely a problem.

Have fun! :hattip:

fatmac 11-04-2019 01:59 PM

I think it may be worth your while taking a look at MX linux, (or AntiX), both are Debian based, & are very stable.

(I've been using AntiX for several years now, since the demise of #! (Crunchbang) Linux.)

ChuangTzu 11-04-2019 02:06 PM

Jamison, he said rarely problems and you recommend an unstable branch?

OP, if you search LQ there is a good thread with suggestions on how to select a distro based on your needs/skills etc...

beachboy2 11-04-2019 02:25 PM

lisamint,

Welcome to LQ forums.

On the one hand you are asking for a Linux distro for everyday (ease of) use and on the other hand, tight security.

As Lysander666 noted on post #3, it is probably more a matter of user behaviour, rather than, “Is Linux distro-1 more secure than Linux distro-2?”:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...us-4175652758/

This Ubuntu basic security guide offers some suggestions, including strong passwords, backups, enabling a firewall, browser strengthening:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BasicSecurity

You may prefer to use DuckDuckGo as your search engine instead of Google.

From your username, you have no doubt been looking at Linux Mint.
I have used Linux Mint MATE for many years and I can thoroughly recommend it for an everyday, easy to use Linux distro.

Regardless of distro, it is essential to do regular backups.

Do let us know what you decide on in due course.

jamison20000e 11-04-2019 04:06 PM

Yes sir. More works when working on, no big problems for years! ;)

beachboy2 11-04-2019 06:03 PM

lisamint,

I second fatmac's suggestion to consider MX-19 Linux which is based on Debian and is very user-friendly.

Quote:

It is a midweight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.
https://mxlinux.org/

Review of MX-18.3:
https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/86058.html

jamison20000e 11-04-2019 06:13 PM

I think my favorite part, once new to Linux, was distro-hopping. It's not like skateboarding where we're told to just put a foot on and go to know which one we lead with...

Opinions come from asking, your distro will come from rolling (no pun) with it! :jawa:

jsbjsb001 11-05-2019 05:42 AM

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Originally Posted by ChuangTzu (Post 6054047)
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OP, if you search LQ there is a good thread with suggestions on how to select a distro based on your needs/skills etc...

This is about the only decent response so far...

lisamint, it would likely help if you said exactly what use case you intend on using it for. What kinds of things do you intend on using Linux to do? What kind of machine are you going to run it on? Are you looking to use it as a business desktop? Because it that case, CentOS among others would likely be a good choice if you're after stability and security. If you are looking for a home desktop system, then most, if not all of the distributions you've mentioned in post #1, including Ubuntu (which Linux Mint is based on) or any of it's derivatives would be good choices. In that case, you would also want something that can offer you large software repositories as well - which Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc can.

You should also review our sticky thread about choosing a distribution if you haven't already too.

PS: fatmac usually only ever recommends AntiX or MX Linux regardless of the use case concerned ;)

fatmac 11-05-2019 05:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsbjsb001 (Post 6054256)

PS: fatmac usually only ever recommends AntiX or MX Linux regardless of the use case concerned ;)

...because they are the best distros, for me as a general use user, that I have found over the past 20 years of using Linux. :study:

Everyone is welcome to choose something different, but unless it's for a special purpose, yes, I will always recommend AntiX & MX Linux. :)

jsbjsb001 11-05-2019 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fatmac (Post 6054260)
...because they are the best distros, for me as a general use user, that I have found over the past 20 years of using Linux. :study:

Everyone is welcome to choose something different, but unless it's for a special purpose, yes, I will always recommend AntiX & MX Linux. :)

But it's not about you, that's the problem with threads just like this, and responses like yours. And who cares if you've been using Linux for 20 years, well I for one don't, sorry...

beachboy2 11-05-2019 06:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsbjsb001 (Post 5685032)
This is about the only decent response so far...

In the light of your comment, I guess I will just have to try much harder in the future and improve the quality of my contributions to LQ forums.

lisamint 11-05-2019 08:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jamison20000e (Post 6054004)
sid netinst; I've run this for years and years now, barely a problem.

Have fun! :hattip:

Thank you, Jamison20000e. Debian is definitely in my list.

lisamint 11-05-2019 08:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fatmac (Post 6054043)
I think it may be worth your while taking a look at MX linux, (or AntiX), both are Debian based, & are very stable.

(I've been using AntiX for several years now, since the demise of #! (Crunchbang) Linux.)

Thanks, fatmac. I also checked out MX Linux. Although different, I came to the conclusion that Linux Mint could do the same job in terms of stability (maybe I am wrong).

fatmac 11-05-2019 08:48 AM

No, you're not wrong, if you're happy with Mint, go ahead, (it's just Linux underneath the GUI covering). :)


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