Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE: Shocking
by Drumhellar on Sat 10th Nov 2012 22:00 UTC in reply to "Shocking"
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

But, not Ubuntu.

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RE[2]: Shocking
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 11th Nov 2012 00:06 in reply to "RE: Shocking"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Yeah. Luckily Ubuntu is only one of the dozen-plus "major" distributions, and there are literally hundreds of others to choose from, and none of them try to force advertising of such important computer tools as laundry detergent and shampoo upon you.

Edited 2012-11-11 00:24 UTC

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RE[2]: Shocking
by lemur2 on Sun 11th Nov 2012 12:37 in reply to "RE: Shocking"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

But, not Ubuntu.


One however can simply use Kubuntu (or Ubuntu with the kde-plasma-desktop meta-package installed) to avoid ads.

Kubuntu (Ubuntu base but with KDE4 desktop) is sponsored by Blue Systems.

http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-to-be-sponsored-by-blue-systems

http://blue-systems.com/

"Blue Systems’ goal is to advance Free and Libre Software Projects.

Currently we are supporting the development of the following projects:
Kubuntu
MintKDE
Netrunner

KDE Homerun
KDE Folderview
Firefox KDE
Muon Discover
Aurorae 3 for KWin
rekonq (Browser)
kde-gtk-config
kcm webaccounts
kcm samba-mounter"


Netrunner is Blue Systems' own distribution, based on Kubuntu. MintKDE is Linux Mint but with a KDE desktop, it is also based on Kubuntu. I think Linux Mint has a deal with Bing and/or Yahoo, so it is not entirely advertising free. But Kubuntu and Netrunner certainly both are advertising free (and zero cost as well), and they both benefit from the 60,000+ free (as in zero cost) and adware-free packages available from the Ubuntu and related repositories.

Edited 2012-11-11 12:40 UTC

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