Phoronix: Richard Stallman Calls Ubuntu "Spyware"
In a post to the Free Software Foundation's web-site, Richard Stallman has called out Ubuntu as being "spyware" due to the Amazon search capabilities that have been integrated into Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment with the Dash...
gentoo is not recommended because it makes it possible to install non-free software. FSF just hates user-choice. Why not go one step further? Ban the english language because it makes it easy to talk about non-free software.
Btw, Mr Stallmann, I am sure your words of wisdom were transported via routers and switches that run nonfree software - shouldn't you disconnect from the internet?
Stallman's views are questionable at times, but that doesn't change the fact that he's right in calling Ubuntu Spyware.
After all spyware is
The first half of that definition might a point of contention, but overall it does accurately describe what Ubuntu does, does it not?software installed via the internet on a computer without the user's knowledge and used to send information about the user to another computer.
Jono's site is down. Clearly the FUDing supporters of the FSF must be DDOSing him.
Google cache link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...d=ivns&strip=1
Regardless of RMS's stance, it is quite sad that Jono wants this privacy violation to be excused in the name of creating beautiful user interfaces and bringing free software to the masses.
He did not try to defend it - he said it should be accepted to advance these two greater goals. As if it's somehow good for either of them!
Zeitgeist probably the 1st.... does anyone use it? i mean knowingly?
what comes next? agreeing to eulas before downloading?
besides talking crap and spreading doubts is quite a difference isnt it?
Last edited by jakubo; 12-07-2012 at 04:17 PM.
I can't stand his opinions, he is the reason people hate closed software and think their developers are evil. The world doesn't work like that. There are no good or evil people.
Stallman may be extreme, but he IS right about Ubuntu. Ubuntu spies the user and sends the information directly to Amazon. It may be acceptable by Ubuntu users, but it is still spyware...
I believe Richard is correct in calling it 'spyware' as of right now, much like how Google Chrome is spyware. They can say the data is anonymized and 'scrubbed', but as we learned with the AOL search data blunder it's very hard to anonymize and scrub datasets like this. A good middle ground is to include in the installer a description of what it does and the ability to not install it, although this certainly wouldn't excuse it in the eyes of rms I could accept that as a good compromise in Unity.
Perhaps they should start fixing the problem of Unity being slow as a dog on anything but 'good' hardware and not removing things like unity 2d before they make even more people upset by shoving Amazon search results in their main lens?