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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Canonical is only trying this, because as all the dead companies before Canonical (Linspire, Mandrake/Mandriva, Xandros,...) prove, there is no money to be made from desktop users.

The only Linux based distributions that managed to make money out of Linux based software are targeting the enterprise with contracts at the same level as closed source support contracts.

The only successful distribution is Android, and even then it is thanks to the people buying hardware, which happen to have Android as operating system.

Selling hardware systems with Linux pre-installed won't help, because as the netbooks have shown, most OEM have their own crapware based distribution. On top of that many people bought Linux based netbooks just to get the cheaper version and install a pirate version of Windows later on.

As I mentioned in another threads, if you need to make people pay for free software, while keeping a standard influx of money per month, it is not easy.

Sadly this won't work for Canonical, because everyone will just change distribution, thanks to the choice available in the open source world. And with time Ubuntu will be another victim in the deskop.

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