Latest Changes
Mar 23, 2019
Operating System
Windows 10
Windows Edition
Pro
Build
1809
System Architecture
64-bit OS
Security Updates
Automatic Updates - All security and feature updates
User Access Control
Always Notify
Firewall
Windows Firewall - Network security provided by Microsoft
Device Security
Windows Defender SmartScreen (Windows 10)
User Account
Standard - User has some control over the settings
Recent Security Incidents
No malware or privacy issues
Malware Testing
None - No Malware on host PC or VM
Real-time Web & Malware Protection
Windows Defender with ConfigureDefender
Software Restriction Policy with Hard_Configurator
Excubits Bouncer 2019
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection
Custom - Major changes for Increased Security
Custom Settings For Real-Time Protection Details
WD: PUA, all ASR (except lsass), Network protection, Controlled folder access
H_C: Security level Disallowed, all Sponsors (except runonce), DocumentsAntiExploit
Bouncer: Various lol bins + command line monitoring for rundll32
Virus and Malware Removal Tools
None at present
Browsers and Extensions
Chrome, Edge
Web Privacy
uBlock Origin
uMatrix
Netcraft
Password Management
LastPass
System Utilities
Hard_Configurator
Data Backup
Dropbox
OneDrive
Frequency of Data backups
Always-on Sync
System Backup
Macrium Reflect
Frequency of System backups
Regularly
Computer Activity
Banking
Browsing Internet and email
Install new programs on a weekly basis
Device is used by family members
Download files from different sources
Office and work related tasks
Computer Specifications
Custom build:
i5 skylake
integrated graphics
8 gb ram
SSD 250 gb

shmu26

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What distribution do you use of Linux?
Thanks for sharing.(y)
I am using Ubuntu standard installation (not the long term service edition).
I am on the latest release, which is called 18.10, or Cosmic Cuttlefish.
@Umbra seems to have a preference for Kubuntu: "Kubuntu unites Ubuntu with KDE and the fabulous Plasma desktop"
I have not tried a lot of distros, so I can't give you an educated opinion about that. Ubuntu is mainstream, well-maintained, and relatively easy to use, that's all I know.
 

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I am using Ubuntu standard installation (not the long term service edition).
I am on the latest release, which is called 18.10, or Cosmic Cuttlefish.
@Umbra seems to have a preference for Kubuntu: "Kubuntu unites Ubuntu with KDE and the fabulous Plasma desktop"
I have not tried a lot of distros, so I can't give you an educated opinion about that. Ubuntu is mainstream, well-maintained, and relatively easy to use, that's all I know.
Good choice. I haven't liked KDE much. I've always used Gnome2. but they left it. and the closest thing is Mate or Xfce. that's why I use Xubuntu which is Xfce.
Thank you I didn't see that they already said you used Ubuntu...( Every day I'm more blind.):LOL:
 

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Try many using their live CDs/USBs, it is how I found out Kubuntu was the right one for me.
I liked the idea of Kubuntu, and I tried installing KDE/Plasma desktop on my Ubuntu, and then I pinned Chrome to the bottom panel. But when I opened Chrome, I got two icons -- the one I pinned, and the active one.
What went wrong?
 

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I liked the idea of Kubuntu, and I tried installing KDE/Plasma desktop on my Ubuntu, and then I pinned Chrome to the bottom panel. But when I opened Chrome, I got two icons -- the one I pinned, and the active one.
What went wrong?
To answer my own question, I found the post that is pasted below (but didn't try it yet). With every new thing you try, you become a noob again, until you learn the tricks.

Situation: i have some application icons on the taskbar. For example Krusader, Kontact, etc. When I start (click on the icon) the program, I get an additional icon for Krusader.
Question: Is it possible to avoid that activity? I do not wish to have an additional icon for the running application.​

Apparently you added the icons to the panel.
Add them to the task manager instead, by right-clicking on the entry of a running application and choosing "Create a launcher" from the context menu.
These "launchers" should disappear when click on them and the application is started.
 

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When installing Linux as replacement for old XP/Vista/Windows 7 PC's I started installing the Mate and Xfce desktops because the impression I got from Linux-community is that they are the easiest to adopt for people moving to linux. Personally I think that Plasma and Budgie are the best looking desktops (but that is based on quick liveCD impression tour :) )

When installing Linux for other people, rolling distro's require less maintenance (install once, updates forever), therefore when the hardware can bear it my first choice (for replacing Windows) is Solus with Mate desktop. Another advantage is that Solus is stateless, so when a user messes up, I can always revert to "factory" defaults (removing user config files) and everything works again. Solus seems to be more user centric developed than other distro's I tried

Discussing Linux distro's is like discussing security, everyone seems to have its own preferences. Solus has some additional security advantages that it is not another Ubuntu distro but directely based on Linux with some extra (compilation) hardening.

@shmu26 nice setup, one question and one tip

Question: Wondering what the startup delay is for starting your Windows 10 VM.

Tip:I see you have disabled WD, but you can also add Windows and Program Files folders to exclusions to minimize WD-overhead (only on access checks in user folders since you apply a SRP deny execute as well).
 
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shmu26

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When installing Linux as replacement for old XP/Vista/Windows 7 PC's I started installing the Mate and Xfce desktops because the impression I got from Linux-community is that they are the easiest to adopt for people moving to linux. Personally I think that Plasma and Budgie are the best looking desktops (but that is based on quick liveCD impression tour :) )

When installing Linux for other people, rolling distro's require less maintenance (install once, updates forever), therefore when the hardware can bear it my first choice for replacing Windows is Solus with Mate desktop. Discussing Linux distro's is like discussing security, everyone seems to have its own preferences. Solus has some additional security advantages that it is not another Ubuntu distro but directely based on Linux with some extra (compilation) hardening.

@shmu26 nice setup, one question and one tip

Question: Wondering what the startup delay is for starting your Windows 10 VM.

Tip:I see you have disabled WD, but you can also add Windows and Program Files folders to exclusions to minimize WD-overhead (only on access checks in user folders since you apply a SRP deny execute as well).
From the moment I launch VMWare until I hit desktop in the Windows 10 VM, it takes 35 seconds. I have an SSD. But I also have some autostart programs in the VM.

Thanks for tip, I think I will try it.
 

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I try Ubuntu and Mint from time to time and go always back to Manjaro. imo best distro out there even for begginers
 
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shmu26

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I tried out Cinnamon desktop, on Ubuntu 18.10 you don't even need to install anything, you can choose at log in between 4 different desktops. You know what, I like the Gnome desktop that Ubuntu ships with.
 

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