Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Oct 2012 22:37 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Donating to software projects - or, more accurately, open source projects. It's hardly new, it's hardly rare, and I'm sure most of us have donated at some point. That's probably why Canonical has opened Ubuntu up for donations - but with a twist.
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RE: Easy.
by Alfman on Thu 11th Oct 2012 04:27 UTC in reply to "Easy."
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"By the way... does anyone know if Mark ever officially explained is extremely snobbish 'we have root' comment that he posted on a blog post of his a while back?"

It's about implied trust in one's distro.
"Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on your machine with every update. You trust Debian, and you trust a large swathe of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to address it when, being human, we err"

When Mark said this, he alluded to the fact that every Ubuntu user already trusts Ubuntu with their system updates, and then he suggests that because of this implicit trust, we should not regard Canonical's data collection of local queries to be an extension of trust. While I understand what he is saying, I don't agree with him. It is unfortunate that Canonical is collecting this private data regardless of whether they're trustworthy enough to do what they say they're going to do.

The article linked above made a very good point:
"We do trust Canonical with all our data, but this type of controlling view emanating from Canonical's founder is rather worrisome because it looks like an 'Apple' standpoint: the company knows what's best for the users and they will decide what the users need, not the other way around."

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