Used my recovery day to do a little geek tinkering, and now my calendar and contact list are being served up to my phone via nextcloud rather than Google.

I like to post about this stuff not just because it interests me, but I feel like people need to hear that these sorts of privacy enhancing shenanigans are possible for less technical users.

I'm not an IT person. At best I'm an enthusiast that can read documentation. I got it done, maybe you can too.

@RussSharek WEll done. Sounds great. I'm at a similar point. I just set up a VPN on Qubes OS which I got to using only a couple of years after I first discovered Linux. I'll keep an eye out for your writing about it.



I've been periodically tooting about it. Not sure I have much longer form to say, other than my enjoying the feeling of taking my privacy a little more into my own hands.

I've not played with Qubeos. What's the advantage?

@RussSharek Well it's difficult, because I don't know that there is anybody who can objectively talk on the advantages of virtualisation when it depends on so much code, but Qubes breaks your activities on a computer in a number of different security zones, each of which is handled as a virtual machine. The USB is handled by a vm, the net by another. Theoretically, you could be compromised on one, leaving the others unexposed.


I can see where that would be useful.

Was it more difficult to set up and use than other distributions?

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