Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Sep 2012 22:07 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu 12.10 will include advertisements for products on Amazon. It will look like this - if you search, product suggestions will pop up. This seems like a rather slippery slope to me, and I certainly wouldn't want this on my desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or anywhere else. On the web - fine, I'm on your site, not mine - but my desktop is mine, and mine alone. Not that it matters - open source, someone will disable them. Biggest concern: does this mean my search queries get sent across the web?
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Gullible Jones
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So far we've got:
- Unity, a pretty GUI that is extremely annoying to use. (Why do you have to click through 3-4 things to get to the CD burner application?)
- Unnecessary 3D rubbish on the desktop, plus transparency and blur effects ad nauseum, despite the fact that Linux graphics drivers suck moose. Doing fancy stuff without the framework to support it is a recipe for failure, people.
- The apt-xapian-index cron job, which eats up all available CPU cycles for 10 minutes or so once a week so that apt-get can be a tiny bit faster. Sure you can disable it, but what do you think Uncle Jim-Bob's opinion on Ubuntu will be when his desktop goes catatonic?
- And now desktop advertising by default. Yeah, that's going to go over well.


BTW, how does Canonical make money? Selling tech support?

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