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Richard M. Stallman, aka RMS, creator of the Gnu General Public License (GPL) and the Free Software Foundation has announced that as far as he's concerned, Ubuntu contains spyware and that Linux supporters should shun Ubuntu for spying.

Specifically, RMS hates that Ubuntu 12.10 incorporated Amazon search into its default search function. So, if you searched for say "Hobbit." you'd get results from both your PC and Amazon. When it was introduced, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, defended this change by saying Ubuntu wasn't going to incorporate ads into the operating system, which Microsoft has done with Windows 8, and that no personalized data would be sent to Amazon.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/free-software-father-declared-ubuntu-linux-to-contain-spyware-7000008516/
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So does Windows 7 and 8.

Interesting read though
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While I'm definitely behind the whole internet privacy thing. I feel like there's a lot of overreacting going on that's congesting the topic. This is at a time when we have real threats to worry about.
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While I'm definitely behind the whole internet privacy thing. I feel like there's a lot of overreacting going on that's congesting the topic. This is at a time when we have real threats to worry about.

Yeah, the threats of the Internet being policed and being contacted by authorities for doing things that are perfectly legal...
But that involves politics so, not so appropriate for OCN.
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sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

I removed it, found it very annoying. For some reason if I typed in 'terminal', Ubuntu wouldn't even list it, only showed me amazon products mad.gif

As long as other Distro's don't do this I'm not to angry though, that is the benefit of Linux tongue.gif Don't really use Ubuntu much anyway. Kubuntu/Mint ftw
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no problems over here on mint and elementry
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Damn search won't help me find the original but sadly this is a repost. Unless I overlooked some new insight on the topic. RMS is an extremist so while I'm thankful whatever he has done in the past and so forth...he can get a little tiresome with his idealism that doesn't work well in the real world filled with machines running on flawed code called human beings.

So again...unlike Windows or OSX or even Android where you have to most of the time tear into the internals (sometimes "illegally") to control the corporate spyware that comes with paid software...this is removable with an apt-get command. Honestly, I think if Ubuntu was a little more upfront with this software and the pros and cons of having it then they'd be in clear as it should be the consumer/user's choice as to whether something is "spyware" or a "feature". So many programs from companies don't even do that or they obstruct things with complex language. Give people a choice and then you can avoid all this crap. Why can't anyone figure that out?
     
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Funny how it was first he Mac users boasting about the lack of malicious software on their OS, then it was the Linux folk. LOL!
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Funny how it was first he Mac users boasting about the lack of malicious software on their OS, then it was the Linux folk. LOL!

Sigh...did you even read or did you just come here to show your ignorance?
     
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Damn search won't help me find the original but sadly this is a repost. Unless I overlooked some new insight on the topic. RMS is an extremist so while I'm thankful whatever he has done in the past and so forth...he can get a little tiresome with his idealism that doesn't work well in the real world filled with machines running on flawed code called human beings.

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Doubt it's a repost, I did a search as well before posting.
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