Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 08:57 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Proprietary software like Windows often includes surveillance code to track user behavior and send this information to vendor servers. Linux has traditionally been immune to such privacy violation. Ubuntu 12.10 now includes code that, by default, collects data on Dash searches. The code integrates Amazon products into search results and can even integrate with Facebook, Twitter, BBC and others as per Ubuntu's Third Party Privacy Policies. This article at the EFF tells how it all works and how to opt out of information sharing, while Richard Stallman himself comments here.
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Canonical seem to be doing everything it can to:-
1) get revenue by any means possible
2) alienate their current user base.

In some places those two might not be too far apart from meeting the same goal.

I predict that they will soon come out with a Subscription model that for a sum of money each year you will get all this crud disabled be default.

Kind of reminds me of what was Mandrake/Mandriva doing in their last years.

Unfortunately almost no Linux distro ever achived economic independence on their own (without relying on (temporary) external company finances). A depressing fact when you give it a second thought.

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