So, to the OP, the way I’ve brought my desire to game and my desire to use a decent OS in line with one another was either dual boot or a GPU passthrough VM. I’ve had both setup. I’ve recently parted with one of my GPUs so I’ve gone for dual boot. If I can play a game in Linux, I will only play that game in Linux. Then I’ve got Windows for the 2 or 3 games that I want to play that only run in Windows.
The next step is to adopt a policy. No Tux, no bux. It’s hard. There will be a lot of games that you will miss out on, and that sucks. Take to social media, be polite, and talk to the game companies. Ask about Linux releases, if they state that they’ve looked into it and can’t justify a Linux release, make sure to thank them for their consideration and hope that they will consider it again for their next title.
On to Microsoft’s spyware. I’m pretty amazed at how we got to where we’re at right now. Windows 10 was pretty well panned when it was initially forced on users. Yes, it was a forced upgrade. Some people escaped it, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t forced. Even noted Microsoft apologist Peter Bright over on Ars Technica had an article specifically about the fact that even when you told Windows 10 to stop talking to Microsoft, it was still phoning home.
Now we have to prove that Microsoft has done something wrong in order to hate Windows 10? There were a few apologists out there who were big on the, “Windows 10 is free, so duh they’re going to collect your data.” These people got real fuckin’ quiet when asked what the justification would be when the “free upgrade” period expired and we had to pay for the license.
Now there’s a lot of “Well Facebook/Google collects your data, too!” And like a lot of What-Aboutisms, that’s true. But it’s also a different level. Non technical users can choose to not use Facebook or Google. Honestly, I think a lot of non technical users could use Linux too. But they can’t up and decide that themselves.
Microsoft collecting data from Bing’s site? Sure. Do it. But collecting the data at the OS level is straight up abusing their position in the market.