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 windowshasyou on Thu 3rd Jan 2013 18:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment"
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And thats where we run into a problem. Ubuntu doesn't actually contribute anything whether it be code or one red cent to the people that actually do the work. Ubuntu merely takes said work, hacks and cracks it to their own purpose, then includes it on top of the base which is the work of another distro and then ships it. There was a story, and flame war, a while back over how little Ubuntu/Canonical actually does that benefits the community. If you really want to help the community out, donate funds upstream to the gnome or kde project, or to the linux foundation, or GNU, or any other project of your choice. But to donate to Ubuntu whether it be via their spyware or actual donations will only land in Canonicals/shuttleworths pocket.

Edited 2013-01-03 18:29 UTC

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