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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RE: Comment by kurkosdr
by darknexus on Sun 23rd Sep 2012 13:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

If the money went partly towards improving X.org and partly towards improving Unity, I would give it a thumbs up. Hey folks, I thought funding an open source project through ads and search engine sponsorships was cool.
But unfortunately, the money will go only to Unity, which means Gnome and Unity will keep being based on the rotten foundation known as X.org.

+100. Not sure why this was modded down, as you're absolutely correct. X.org and the sorry state of Linux audio are the two reasons it's not viable for me as a desktop os. I wish it were, believe me. I know X.org has its fans but, to be blunt, while it might have some amazing features for the corporate world, on the home desktop it's a bloated unstable mess. The ALSA/Pulse combination… well, I just ate a good breakfast and don't want to spoil my appetite thinking about that ugly mess right now. ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by kurkosdr
by kurkosdr on Mon 24th Sep 2012 10:21 in reply to "RE: Comment by kurkosdr"
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2011-04-11

"+100. Not sure why this was modded down, as you're absolutely correct. X.org and the sorry state of Linux audio are the two reasons it's not viable for me as a desktop os."

My guess is that the Linux fans don't want to admit their OS has technical deficiencies, and they want to pretend the reason Linux Desktop can't break the 1% mark is for purely superficial reasons: like lack of DVD codecs on some distros (hint: XP didn't support DVD out of the box and is still used by people, and was bought with new PCs well into 2007 via downgrade rights), Microsoft having unholy alliances with OEMs (which OEMs mysteriously have no problem installing RHEL in their servers and Android in their cellphones, and even Ubuntu before they got burnt by PulseAudio) and other silly "reasons" like these. See the "Linux Desktop: The Dream is Dead" over at pcworld for an example of the madness.

Or see the "Unix" book by Graham Glass and King Ables, where they spend an entire chapter praising (yes! praising) X Window System for an example of the madness. They just don't wont to admit that some things in their favorite OS are broken.

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