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[Discuss] Ubuntu=Spyware? My reaction with 6 ways to profit

Will, I appreciate your essay and think it's important to raise objections
to issues like this one for all the reasons you point out.  Ubuntu can
behave differently for the benefit of all concerned, and it's the
collective voice of users that can effect the best outcome.

Greg Rundlett

On Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 9:32 PM, Will Rico <willrico at> wrote:

> On 12/13/2012 02:40 PM, Derek Martin wrote:
>> Turn it off.  It's very easy to do.
> True.  But once bitten, twice shy.  There's the worry that it will turn
> itself back on in some future update, or another similar "feature" will be
> introduced.
>  It's annoying that an organization prominent in the free software
>> community has elected to enable somewhat privacy-invasive software
>> features by default, but it's not really a problem.  We are not
>> sheep:  We can think for ourselves, and I daresay that most of
>> us use Linux because we already do.
> We are not sheep, but at Installfests and with similar outreach efforts,
> we are shepherds.
>  ...
>> You can, of course, also just use a different desktop environment, like
>> XFCE.
> That's true and one of the great things about Free Software is the choice.
>  For new users, it was nice being able to point them to Ubuntu because of
> the wealth of community resources online.  It's not quite the same
> experience with other distributions of desktop environments, which is why
> the current direction of Canonical feels like such a loss.
> Will
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