this post was written in a lot of hurry and much more anger by a non-native English speaker and even I find it bad reading again…
one of the readers have been kind enough to proof-read and rewrite it here as comment (thanks): http://techiebond.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/fsf-rsm-reports-spying-ubuntu-offensive/#comment-14
First to let you have the background of what happened recently which annoyed (hopefully many and) me so much that I’m posting on my wtf-happens-in-tech-blog after such long time.
One of the most (the most for some years) popular Debian-based Linux Distro, Ubuntu has been found to be using a user behavior analyzing feature to serve more user need accurate advertisements.
RSM did compared it to a proprietary malware product doing user surveillance for self-profit. As in selling out there users for money which trusted the software because of it’s promotion by various OpenSource promoters and users (at least me and people I know) tried/use it under the pretenses of it being on the guidelines of Free Software.
Richard’s report on User Spying Ubuntu: http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do
There have been a reply to it by few people, one being from Jon Bacon (some Ubuntu Community Manager) which came to my notice from HackerNews Top List.
He calls RSM being Childish on his stand against Ubuntu Dash sending User data to Canonical Servers. Accuses him for FUD around this issue and nullifying all the factual points in his post asks for facts. F***king **it, dumb software-issues-illiterate fan-clubs.
RMS for most of his life (more than I’ve lived) has been promoting Free Software on the ethics of respecting user’s freedom and privacy on the way user chooses to use it. He is a super dedicated Free Software person loved and respected by entire (ok most of) OpenSource community for his fanaticism; and all the time called eccentric by people seeing him as an obstacle on the road of their marketing the softwares.
And as for FUD, a piece of code on my system that got installed with some service I trusted if starts sending my usage data online to some server for any purpose without informing me….. baby that’s a spyware.
Now it has been for very long that different Organizations have been pulling loads of user data to there server….. nowdays even jargonized as TheBigData to help the users get better service.
That doesn’t make it Ethical in any way unless you are some FB teenager waiting for Likes on your post of new amazing shoes you bought by help of the magical advertisement served to you calculating what your friends bought… which shops are near your home and what kind of places you visit to materialize your credit worth.
There was an article few months back by Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Canonical) around why this chaos-creating product Ubuntu Dash is so much essential to be pushed in before even maturing to get a turn-on/off choice.
He say the encryption will be placed on queries in release version and setting will be controllable latest by 13.04 release.
But Mr. Space Traveller gives no proper justification for Ads (refuses any ads being promoted on name of Amazon ties), just says he chose Amazon as most of Ubuntu users use that too. Oh! Seriously… was it that easy.
On Amazon ties, there is a very fine reader comment to the same thread on to why not instead use DuckDuckGo search service and there already prepared and popular search goodies to enhance the experience. No reply to that, may be he doesn’t read his own blog.
Although I no more use Ubuntu since past few years… roaming into other Linux flavors. Would surely not suggest Ubuntu to anyone as I used to for new tux lovers.
So as RMS said….. bold-ifying his own words
to all Free Software supporters….. Ubuntu is shunned for spying.