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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by owczi on Sun 23rd Sep 2012 17:23 UTC
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As people mentioned earlier, you can still switch to standard Gnome, or in fact any other desktop environment. While, from my personal computing point of view, the presence of an Amazon plug in your OS is sickening, people seem to be forgetting that Ubuntu is a product. Product that is being developed by a certain vendor, and a product that just happens to be free. It may look like very much a community driven initiative, but in the end it's not the users who decide. Canonical will make whatever decisions they see fit. Suck it up, customise it, or switch. Luckily, all you usually need is a copy of your home directory.

Maybe you will be able to remove these features for a certain sum of money - like with one of the Kindles ;)

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