@aral I think the mood will turn when Google Fuchsia and its "Zircon" kernel that isn't Linux or GPL becomes a thing.
I'm one of those! I'll try to reach out. Try to imagine the scent of an olive tree here.
Google has been resisting government intrusions in an effective and principled manner AFAIK while also taking good citizenship more seriously than other ad providers. They're in a questionable business, but they seem to be aware of it.
"And remember… don't be evil, and if you see something that you think isn't right – speak up!"
Current closing of the code of conduct
@aral Trusting any large corporation is a mistake. I'll admit I have an #Apple phone now, because I believe their focus on hardware makes them a tad less evil than Google still. But as their revenue sources depend more and more on providing 'services', so will their rent-seeking attempts increase in intensity and nastiness. Eventually, am not sure how much of their privacy commitment will be left intact, so I've per-ordered the #Librem5 to get off the Apple train too, before it's too late.
@aral Unfortunately, there are constant calls to 'unify' everything, making it easier to subvert by large companies, unify ecosystems, services, experiences, servers etc., making you to sync everything to the cloud etc. - even on the #Linux desktop.
I wrote about exactly that just a few days ago:
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