I personally find it amusing when anyone complains that they are being forced to do what an OS provider wants them to do - because this is true pretty much by definition. You have the ability to tweak your environment only in the ways that an OS maker gives you, period - for any OS - unless it's open source and you do your own coding customizations, which really doesn't count.
OS makers always have and always will "control your hardware" and determine the telemetry that they want (and have been doing so for decades now - as has been pointed out definitively and repeatedly). You have a choice as to whether what any given OS does, or does not do, is something you can live with. If you can't live with it, use something else. If you can't stand any of them then stop using computers.
This doesn't mean you can't protest specific things that are being done in hopes of effecting change. Just realize that this is ultimately at the discretion of the creator of the OS in question. Sometimes customer complaints result in change, sometimes they don't.
Edited by britechguy, 14 November 2015 - 11:39 AM.
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