DeMus wrote:Choice in Linux is important. Choose whatever you feel is best for you. When it comes down to browsers, no one is safe. As is said already, with almost every website you visit, there are a lot of other sites contacted who need to know what you are doing, who you are, where you live, etc. This is not only done in Chrome, every browser does it automatically cause it is built into the websites.
I do use Chrome since for me it is the ideal browser, it is fast, has some nice extensions which I use constantly and which make life so much nicer. So Google knows which sites I visit (something they know anyway because of the above mentioned reasons), how do I notice that, what do I see from that? What does Google do with the info? Sell it to some company for advertising purposes? So what. I use a solid adblocker and Privacy Badger (which is st very tight) and never ever see advertisements, meaning the companies which paid for my info paid for nothing. Who laughs now?
But look at it from another point of view: Google "gives" you a great search-engine, gives you Google maps (something I use very much for planning my holiday trips), Google Earth, Youtube (who doesn't watch movies daily?), an office suite, etc, etc, etc. Do you need to pay money for this? No. Is it strange they want to get money to pay for all this? No.
If you want to complain, complain to the companies who pay Google to get the info, the advertising companies. Companies who pollute the internet with their ads nobody wants to see. Why else are adblockers so popular?
I keep using Googles products when I want to, they get my info (whatever info that may be), they do something with it and I don't notice it. In the mean time I can get to do things without paying money, something we Dutch are very bad at.
I agree on many points you make but not all. But hey, that's what opinions are for.
Just thought I'd mention that if I read your post carefully enough, you forgot to mention Gmail. Hands down the best "free" email in my opinion.
For the topic at hand: No, definitely not! One good option would be to have no browser installed and some "click and install menu" containing the most relevant candidates for novice users to install easily. But in some sense the current system and choice is optimal.