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Old 01. Jan 2013, 01:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is an interesting article , Ubuntu Spyware: What to do? I wonder if it is also applicable to Linuxmint > http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do
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Old 01. Jan 2013, 09:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I first saw this a while back and thoroughly agree with the content of the article.

"People will certainly make a modified version of Ubuntu without this surveillance. In fact, several GNU/Linux distros are modified versions of Ubuntu. When those update to the latest Ubuntu as a base, I expect they will remove this. Canonical surely expects that too".

I guess this is the direction we can see others taking.
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Old 02. Jan 2013, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ubuntu allows users to switch the surveillance off. Clearly Canonical thinks that many Ubuntu users will leave this setting in the default state (on). And many may do so, because it doesn't occur to them to try to do anything about it. Thus, the existence of that switch does not make the surveillance feature ok.

Dunno if i'm misunderstanding the article but is there some way to switch off this surveillance that doesn't involve tampering with code?
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The feature can be disabled in under the Privacy settings. i think what is upsetting many is the fact it comes as an enable feature that many wouldnt know how to disable
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Old 05. Jan 2013, 01:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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We have a tip to cover that: Disable a Shopping Lens (For Ubuntu 12.10).
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Old 05. Jan 2013, 07:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks, good to know it's easy to disable
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Old 06. Jan 2013, 12:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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We have a tip to cover that: Disable a Shopping Lens (For Ubuntu 12.10).
thanks , easy when one knows how
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