President of the Free Software Foundation Accuses Ubuntu of being “Spyware”

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Bullwinkle J Moose

That's awesome Richard

Here, on the Windows side, We are allmost finished ripping out the Microsoft activation on Window's 8's "Windows to Go"

Software tracking is gone

Every Microsoft component is blocked from accessing the Internet by default

You get a firewall popup asking YOU if you should allow that component access to the network before anything has access on each boot

Fire wall set to block all on each boot

Steam and/or Firefox are the only components accessing the Internet right now

Runs CS fine when booting "Windows to Go" from a 5400 RPM USB-2.0 drive

We've modified a caching SD card to dump all temp windows writes from its buffer on every boot so that windows 8 - "Windows to Go" is still usable, having all Live data sent to erasable RAM while the SD Card boots up in Read Only Mode

That way, we never get a lasting bug and all data remains protected while the O.S. is still dynamic on each run

When this thing is finished, it will be right up there next to my Hacked copy of XP

If you ever get STEAM going over there, I'll race ya

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dgrmouse

This sounds really great. Keep up the good work.

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Havok

Well, they need to make money somehow. I'm sure the free OS market isn't making that much money compared to Apple or Microsoft. After all, the 'free OS' vs. paid model was a whole plot point of Tron Legacy!

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dgrmouse

I don't understand the apathy, let alone the sympathy.

If they need to make money, perhaps they should provide some worthwhile for-fee product or service with value instead of marketing user-behaviors.

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whr4usa

everything is a service, nothing is a product; there's also big difference between "marketing user behavior" and securely selling(anonymized and encrypted from others') data in aggregate to partners to continue providing services to those consumers

that said in this instance I completely agree with you.

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The Corrupted One

I thought it was one giant prank on EA?

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Andrew.Hodge

Meh. Whatever. It's still nothing compared to what pretty much every other major OS does.

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dgrmouse

I agree that there are significant privacy issues with every modern OS, but I don't understand why that means that new transgressions are given a pass.

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whr4usa

amen brother, thank the iSheep

although the word 'privacy' gets grossly misused which only exacerbates these problems
(there's a big difference between CONFIDENTIALITY and privacy, secrecy; confidentiality is an inseperable component of security whereas privacy in most cases actually shouldn't be guaranteed ro even attempted to be honored for practical and social reasons, though in the case of LOCAL desktop search without any microsoft-like or eula-style first-use or each-run popup or similar mechanism I consider to be a serious issue, especially since security of arm-first debian-based distros like ubuntu fails on x86)

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blake

at least they let you disable it, in my opinion ubuntu hasn't been all that good after they changed to the unity setup

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dgrmouse

I absolutely agree. It's not just the trend towards simplicity over functionality that irks me - it's the removal of practical and accessible configuration options. I don't want Ubuntu's Social Instant Webcast Messenger Management Tools permanently affixed to my task-bar, I don't want Ubuntu's Automatic Cloud-based Backup and File System Reporting and Mirroring Management systems permanently integrated into my UI workflow, I don't want to report my usage profiles to Ubuntu every time I boot up, search my computer, or install a new program, and I'm frustrated that these behaviors are difficult or impossible to fix without significant and needlessly complicated changes.

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whr4usa

hmm... sounds like you would be a huge 6.1.760x/6.2.920x fan and to an lesser extent CEntOS/openSuse too, if you're an objectively-self-informed realist like I hope we all strive to be

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