I realize that to some, my not being hostile toward Microsoft makes me a shill ... but it isn't the case.
I am not hostile toward Microsoft, and nobody has called me a shill.
Your problem is that you are hostile toward linux. Since you might be looking for help in the future, I suggest you work on that attitude.
Is mentioning that some may want a checksum application from a trusted source to verify an ISO really being a shill?
There are checksum applications out there. The only question is what would you consider a trusted source.
In the real world, trust develops with experience. You have to begin with only tentative trust. And then that trust can grow if the trust seems to have been justified. I have no more reason to trust Microsoft than you have to trust some of the open sources. But I manage to tentatively trust them, and my computers are dual-boot between Microsoft systems and linux. It's the way the world is. As Reagan put it "trust but verify". That means giving tentative trust but monitoring how things work out.--
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