I am new to Linux and I love it. However, while I have been playing around with several flavours of Linux, only one question comes into my mind as a new user to the Linux systems: how can I ensure a Linux distro is safe, secure and trustworthy without any backdoors or malware codes within the OS?
I started using Deepin and I must say I love it. I gave Ubuntu, Zorin, Mint, Kubuntu, Linux Lite, Elementary OS and few others a try some time ago but they all needed too much tinkering to get it to the way I want; but Deepin fits the bills in many ways. Its simple, elegant and so far has been pretty responsive to what I want to use it for; but the big question in my mind is how can I trust this distro?
I use my computer to do things like online banking and create databases which holds sensitive information as I work for a public organisation and cannot compromise such data.
I have contacted the Linux Foundation however didn’t get any response.
I watched RMS talking about Ubuntu and how Ubuntu shares the Desktop search keywords with Amazon and I agree with him that this is a default spyware which I know can be turned off and disabled but the fact is it is still a spyware.
Please can someone tell me how I can ensure a Linux distro is safe, secure and have been scrutinised for any threats or malicious codes by a trustworthy Linux organisation? I have googled it however can’t find anything solid on how to check the integrity of a Linux based OS.