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My employer may be loaning me a new(er) laptop soon, to enable me to do some work from home.  By default, it will probably have Windows 10 installed, though my work will really need to be done in a Linux environment.  Our usual way of handling that is to work in a virtual machine such as VirtualBox.

How hard should I be pushing to get our people to chuck out the Win'10 OS and install Linux directly on the machine?  Or to use some earlier version of Windows, such as 7 or 8 or 8.1?  We've got site licenses for at least some of those.

Originally, Win'10 had a host of "features" that many people considered utterly unacceptable.  Freely sharing network passwords with everyone in one's Outlook contact list; automatic and irrevocable installation of OS upgrades; snooping on user activity and uploading the results to μsoft.  Push advertising.  More.  Some of these have been pulled back, some haven't, but I'm under the impression that I still don't want a Win'10 machine on my home network if I can help it.  Have I got that right?

I suppose that one option would be to make the machine dual-bootable, and simply never boot up the Win'10 side.
 

Date: 2017-01-24 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] resonant.livejournal.com
Windows 10 isn't completely terrible.

busting Windows 10

Date: 2017-01-25 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smuzikant.livejournal.com
I'm perforce using it at work in a university with tech support, but was able to institute these changes and more <https://www.cnet.com/how-to/5-privacy-settings-to-change-in-windows-10/> to my own account.

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