One of the main reasons why I don't use Windows is that it's just too much work I'd have to put into it in order to run it in an acceptable way, as your link demonstrates quite nicely.There is also a forever growing list of futile attempts at keeping the evils at bay, https://fix10.isleaked.com/ which really sells that point.
While there are cases where free software might not work for you, there aren't any cases where closed software doesn't work against you. It too goes deep.
I will want to use it to run all the Android stuff from my current phone, so I may need the Play store to get it, but would it be possible for me to install just that and not the other Google apps?Android is the same story these days. Unlocking bootloader, rooting, and such.
Just getting rid of gapps speeds things up, then there is any number of pre-bundled appery to deal with.
Replicant and F-droid doesnt have all of that baggage.
Well I haven't checked, but I think Pokemon Go, Draw Something, Words with Friends, the Chipotle app for ordering food, and Netflix. I'm not sure those would be allowed in F-Droid, but if they are then that would be great!@Silent-Hunter Yes, but I don't do support for repos that not only track you (tying your phonenumber and account to what you download). Look however for the free implementation of micro services.
But doing away with any of that cancer, what do you use that isn't in the F-droid repo? You can send them suggestions if they don't have something.