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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by Morgan on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 15:16 UTC in reply to "Comment"
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You don't even have to use another distro. Either turn off the lens with instructions provided by Canonical, or install another DE. It's not rocket science, and you'd think that people smart enough to install and use GNU/Linux (even Ubuntu) would be able to figure it out.

In my personal opinion, there are better distros out there and I recommend Manjaro Linux as a good alternative. But, Ubuntu is still great for newbies and it's first to get support from previously Windows/Mac only software vendors.

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