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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I think people are overreacting
by Nelson on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 14:37 UTC
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Now I haven't used 12.10, but it seems like they do data collection the right way. You can opt-out, and they have a privacy policy letting you know what they collect.

What is the issue? I understand some of you would rather no data be collected at all, but then you also would like a free OS and with that, all your pie in the sky free OS principals too.

Canonical is a business and has to face business realities. If this pays the bills, is done in a reasonable way, and doesn't violate any common sense privacy concerns, then why not?

It must be terrible to do any kind of development for such a pedantic bunch of lunatics.

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