Linked by Perry Helion on Fri 15th Mar 2013 18:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ubuntu has come under a decent amount of flack over the past few months, particularly over their decision to use the 'Dash Search' to return results from Amazon by default in their most recent release.
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It's about Money
by runjorel on Sun 17th Mar 2013 14:26 UTC
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I haven't read through all the comments here, so I am sorry if I am just repeating someone else's comment, but I think the crux of it is, what you are searching for and what you select after a search is valuable data. Valuable data that people are willing to pay for to better understand you as a 'consumer'. Now I have no idea (as I have not looked at the actual source code) but I would imagine Ubuntu will utilize this data for commercialization if it has not already (which I am assuming they already do without looking at any code). I think Ubuntu is trying to find an economical way to sustain itself and this is one way to bring home the bacon. Yes Canonical offers support options, but I bet there are more workstation Ubuntu users than there are Ubuntu servers with support packages.

So, I don't think the dash is so much a feature Ubuntu thinks will be really awesome for the user experience as it is a way for Ubuntu to bake in financial sustainability into the product without having to charge for other things or other 'inconvenient' things to disrupt it's free software vibe.

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