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Ubuntu 18.04 data collection announcement

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:14 pm
by ghoultek
On Feb. 14th, Will Cooke of Canonical announced that Ubuntu 18.04 will have data collection features added to it. My questions are:
- What is the LinuxMint team's viewpoint on this?
- Will the team use the 18.04 LTS as the base for the next release of Mint or will they switch to another base distro?
- What are the opinions of the community members?

Personally, I think its a terrible idea in the realm of betrayal of trust. There are reasons why I choose and recommend Mint vs. the raw Ubuntu. Privacy is a big part of it.
Below are some URLs to the relevant information. Please understand that this is not an attempt to stir-up or spread controversy.

Ubuntu mail-list link:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubunt ... 40139.html

OMG Ubuntu article:
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/02/ubun ... on-opt-out

FossBytes article:
https://fossbytes.com/ubuntu-data-collection/

Quidsub youtube video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYyJMf1cmWY

Youtube video by "Switched to Linux":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSctodg-3LA

Re: Ubuntu 18.04 data collection announcement

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:23 pm
by sammiev
Guess I will not be testing Ubuntu 18.04 anytime soon.

Re: Ubuntu 18.04 data collection announcement

Posted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:38 pm
by ghoultek
Just imagine the blow back one will encounter in discussions about Linux. As soon as we cite the privacy issues of Win 10, any clown within a google search will counter that point with Will Cooke's mail-list post, and the OMG Ubuntu article where they clearly are trying to make it seem like its no big deal. Worse is if I get someone to try Linux and I bring up privacy issues only to have this data collection mess be thrown back at me a few weeks/months down the line. It will look like I intentionally tried to mislead them.

Re: Ubuntu 18.04 data collection announcement

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:19 am
by Penn
Conversation about this is already happening on the board and, yes, comparisons to Windows 10 are being made.

viewtopic.php?f=61&t=263983

Re: Ubuntu 18.04 data collection announcement

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:36 am
by Pilosopong Tasyo
Please continue the discussion to the existing similar topic as linked above. Thanks!