Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu extension took the last weekend one of the prizes “Big Brother” that occur each year in Austria … to entities that do not respect your privacy or spy directly . So, Canonical founder shares “award” in this edition 2013 with organizations like the NSA or the Austrian People’s Party.
Why? You wonder. For the integrated search Ubuntu menu with Amazon , that so many rivers of ink did run after the release of Ubuntu 12.10 and that was for distribution throughout a bump on privacy. Two criticisms crudest this new feature came from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Richard Stallman, who accused unfettered spyware Ubuntu (and still does).
Mark Shuttleworth’s response to the tumult was as follows:
are telling Amazon what you are looking. Your anonymity is preserved because we handle the query on your behalf. Do not trust us? [...] You already trust us with your data. You rely on us to not screw up your machine with every update. You rely on Debian and much of the open source community. And most importantly, you trust us to solve something when, being human, we were wrong.
elegant and accurate response which, however, leaves a sour taste at this point in the film. Because of course there are human errors and rectification is the proper procedure in such cases. But is that Canonical have not yet realized the error which is your attitude, not to offer a centralized search in the latest release of Ubuntu borders on madness, mixing local results with dozens of sources online. No. The error Canonical drawer, as we have said many times, that this function is enabled by default .
And here is the result
And here is the result: a prize “Big Brother” that certainly did not deserve to loose everything out there, but to be eaten with potatoes, as the user does Ubuntu through the results that invade the Dash every time you type something. Ergo, bad publicity for GNU / Linux.
Ubuntu gets better privacy options version after version, that these “things” can be disabled easily the most popular Internet search engines gather much more information about the user or the awards “Big Brother” not know or ‘Tato’ outside its scope and region.
What matters is that Ubuntu, but buffers the online sources and your team, that dubious still offering default feature, know what you want and not seem intent to change one iota strong>. Well. Take “Big Brother”.