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I am now running my annual July fund-raising campaign to celebrate the twelfth anniversary of the establishment of Behind the Black. For many reasons, mostly political but partly ethical, I do not use Google, Facebook, Twitter. These companies practice corrupt business policies, while targeting conservative websites for censoring, facts repeatedly confirmed by news stories and by my sense that Facebook has taken action to prevent my readers from recommending Behind the Black to their friends.

 

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Linux beats Windows and Apple for security

Another reason I use Linux: A survey of computer security experts confirms that they generally consider Linux superior to either the Windows or Apple operating systems when it comes to security.

Obviously, if you are used to Windows or Apple, making the switch seems daunting. It isn’t, as I know from experience, having been a Linux user now for almost a dozen years. And if you want to try out Linux, all you really need is a spare laptop or desktop, one or two years old, that you aren’t using any more, and to then follow the instructions provided here on Behind the Black by reader James Stephens for Getting and Installing Linux:

Put a flavor of Linux on that old computer, and begin playing with it. Before long you will find that you don’t need Microsoft or Apple anymore.

Conscious Choice cover

From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

5 comments

  • Trey

    So does ecom station / OS2. Does not make it a viable competitor.

  • James Stephens

    Thank you Robert for re-posting. It’s been a couple of years and Linux is better then ever. When I have a little time I will email you about some exciting new distributions. In the meantime may I suggest these few.

    LinuxMint 18.3 for contemporary computers. Vary capable, Super easy to install and use.
    https://linuxmint.com/

    Mx Linux 17 32bit for older or smaller computers, or 64bit to run fast on newer computers.
    https://mxlinux.org/

    AntiX Linux 32 bit for really old computers. Can run on as little as 128Mb RAM.
    https://antixlinux.com/

  • David J Nudelman

    Linux Mint rocks

  • ken anthony

    Now ya got me looking at cheap Ryzen builds. I’d have to save up for a year.

  • ken anthony

    Well I ordered an old $200 Athlon to put Linux on. Now I realize I don’t have a monitor for it.

    I’m going to order my Ryzen (w/ APU) in small pieces over the next year.

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