cross-posted from: https://infosec.pub/post/550905

Basically, which linux distro is the best for a non-power user? Someone who wants to be able to get up and running without having to learn how to manage the OS using the cli.

Quick example: When I install a new OS, the first thing I want to do is install Brave. That should be as easy as “click on this thing, type in brave, select Brave, install.”

  • @joel_feila
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    111 months ago

    is it really running crypto in the back ground. When I head people say that I hear it runs some crypto mining in the background

    • @[email protected]
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      211 months ago

      It’s not crypto mining, because crypto mining is basically worthless on consumer hardware now. What it does is run its own ads and pay you for enduring them and being spied upon by them in its own cryptocurrency.

    • @[email protected]OP
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      211 months ago

      No. You can opt into watching ads for their BAT crypto, but you can also just turn all of that off and have an awesome ad-free browser.

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        11 months ago

        I consider their past behavior to be counter to their stated goal of privacy, and counter to the notion that they deserve to be trusted.

        They have sent out direct mailers that basically equated to a customer list leak; also I’d take a peek at the wikipedia entry about their business model, which mentions some stuff that isn’t the most savory:

        … Brave earns revenue from ads by taking a 15% cut of publisher ads and a 30% cut of user ads. User ads are notification-style pop-ups, while publisher ads are viewed on or in association with publisher content.

        On 6 June 2020, a Twitter user pointed out that Brave inserts affiliate referral codes when users navigate to Binance

        In regards to the mailers, they messed up and passed blame,

        In this process, our EDDM vendor made a significant mistake by not excluding names, but instead including names before addresses, resulting in the distribution of personalized mailers.

        With regards to the CEO, he made a donation to an anti-LGBT cause when he was CEO of Mozilla in 2008. He lost his job at Mozilla due to his anti-LGBT stance. He also spreads COVID misinformation.

        As others have pointed out, it’s also Chromium based, and so it is just helping Google destroy the web more than they already have.

      • @joel_feila
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        111 months ago

        ah good to I’ll still use vilvaldi