u can get software that disables all that spyware crap in windows 10, its called shut up 10 and its free but as your on linux now its probably to late for you to return to windows, im not a windows fan boy or anything i hate the spyware stuff but u can use shutup 10 and GPEDIT to disable alot of this stuff.
I've tried W10 and all the fixes only solve half the problem though:- 1.
MS can and does re-enable stuff during updates (which unlike W7 are now forced for consumers). Even when you get things right, the OS is so unstable from one year to the next that it's ended up the most "high maintenance" Windows in recent existence for keeping on top of ever changing hacks & workarounds. About the only usable version is Enterprise LTSC whose feature is it doesn't receive MS's half-broken bi-annual "feature" updates. Of course it's not available for consumers. 2.
Half the telemetry stuff is hard-coded into the OS, eg, MS Telemetry will completely ignore any attempt to block IP addresses of MS servers via the OS's own firewall or Hosts file. The only way of "hard blocking" it for real is using a second non W10 device, eg, router firewall, or a second PC or "pi hole" used as a gateway / proxy. And then W10 goes berserk and starts making literally thousands of connection attempts per day. Some have even reported it starts to deactivate and show the unactivated watermark. 3.
GPEdit has a lot of settings that will "appear" to work in Home / Pro but are only actually functional in Enterprise / Education. Eg, MS removed the ability for W10 Pro users to properly disable the Windows Store
. "Turn off spotlight", "Don't search the web or display web results"
(Cortana) are Enterprise only settings. And "disabling" Cortana still has the related Search.exe running in the background. Likewise you can set Telemetry to 0 but as GPEdit says itself, if you're running Home or Pro it'll be ignored and treated as a 1.
Personally I hated it enough that I went from W7 to W10 to dual-booting W7 + Linux Mint.
if linux became mainstream and overtook windows it would just be bought out by a big company just liek alot of game companys are absorbed by ea and microsoft
That's not how open source works at all. A similar situation happened to OpenOffice, and it just "forked" off into LibreOffice which is now the better product.