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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Yawn
by owczi on Sun 23rd Sep 2012 17:23 UTC
owczi
Member since:
2009-11-04

As people mentioned earlier, you can still switch to standard Gnome, or in fact any other desktop environment. While, from my personal computing point of view, the presence of an Amazon plug in your OS is sickening, people seem to be forgetting that Ubuntu is a product. Product that is being developed by a certain vendor, and a product that just happens to be free. It may look like very much a community driven initiative, but in the end it's not the users who decide. Canonical will make whatever decisions they see fit. Suck it up, customise it, or switch. Luckily, all you usually need is a copy of your home directory.

Maybe you will be able to remove these features for a certain sum of money - like with one of the Kindles ;)

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RE: Yawn
by woegjiub on Mon 24th Sep 2012 01:01 in reply to "Yawn"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Maybe you will be able to remove these features for a certain sum of money - like with one of the Kindles ;)


sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

It's not hard, you know. They are going to be implementing a selection option for which lenses appear in the home lens eventually, but until then, it is as easy as typing a single line into the terminal.

I can see this being useful, but am personally against local searches being submitted to ubuntu's website (and, unencrypted, for now).
Until they have that selection dialog, I'm just going to keep using unity sans this lens, because I very much like the direction it is moving in.

Edited 2012-09-24 01:04 UTC

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