>what linux variant is the most privacy forward/glownigger proof?
Real answer: one that can't connect to the botnet you call the internet.
Practical answer: the one you configure to be so.
Useful answer: Tails.
Otherwise download a few distros. See distrowatch.com for comparison between distros. Run them in a virtual machine (VM) after installing VirtualBox or Vmware. (VBox is easier for noobs like you)
Trash them and crash them without affecting your main system.
You can also burn the linux distribution image (a 'distro') to a DVD, insert the DVD and boot your computer ('running a live CD') so when you switch off, take your DVD out, and reboot your computer it is back to normal (as long as you obviously didnt select "install to disk" option while running the live distro!).
1. Everything is a file.
2. Understand how to use the command line.
3. For help use the command:
man -k a-search-term-you-want-help-with-here
4. Never copy-paste commands from others without knowing what they do.
5. Never copy-paste commands from websites (unless you know how to sanitize invisible characters first)
No. Only ever run kali as a live distro . Yes, you should run tails as a live distro too, but it is even more important when running kali. You can open up too many holes if you don't know what you're doing.
>erase my digital footprint as much as possible
digitial footprint reduction
User Agent spoofing
identifying users across domains
SPECTRE and related bugs