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    ~BD~ Guest

    Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?

    One of the major advantages of free software is that the community
    protects users from malicious software. Now Ubuntu GNU/Linux has become
    a counterexample. What should we do?

    *

    If you ever recommend or redistribute GNU/Linux, please remove Ubuntu
    from the distros you recommend or redistribute. If its practice of
    installing and recommending nonfree software didn't convince you to
    stop, let this convince you. In your install fests, in your Software
    Freedom Day events, in your FLISOL events, don't install or recommend
    Ubuntu. Instead, tell people that Ubuntu is shunned for spying.

    While you're at it, you can also tell them that Ubuntu contains nonfree
    programs and suggests other nonfree programs. (See
    http://www.gnu.org/distros/common-distros.html.) That will counteract
    the other form of negative influence that Ubuntu exerts in the free
    software community: legitimizing nonfree software.

    Copyright 2012 Richard Stallman
    Released under the Creative Commons Attribution Noderivatives 3.0 license

    http://www.fsf.org/blogs/rms/ubuntu-spyware-what-to-do

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    Shadow Guest

    Re: Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?

    On Sat, 08 Dec 2012 17:29:47 +0000, ~BD~ <~BD~@nomail.afraid.org>
    wrote:

    >One of the major advantages of free software is that the community
    >protects users from malicious software. Now Ubuntu GNU/Linux has become
    >a counterexample. What should we do?
    >


    >If you ever recommend or redistribute GNU/Linux, please remove Ubuntu
    >from the distros you recommend or redistribute.


    That's about all we can do. Just say Ubuntu is for dimwits and
    real people install Debian.

    (I still have Ubuntu 10.04 LTS installed(amongst others).
    After that release, Ubuntu became a non-option).
    []'s
    --
    Don't be evil - Google 2004
    We have a new policy - Google 2012

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    Craig Guest

    Re: Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?

    On 12/08/2012 01:08 PM, Shadow wrote:
    > On Sat, 08 Dec 2012 17:29:47 +0000, ~BD~ <~BD~@nomail.afraid.org>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> One of the major advantages of free software is that the community
    >> protects users from malicious software. Now Ubuntu GNU/Linux has become
    >> a counterexample. What should we do?
    >>

    >
    >> If you ever recommend or redistribute GNU/Linux, please remove Ubuntu
    >> from the distros you recommend or redistribute.

    >
    > That's about all we can do. Just say Ubuntu is for dimwits and
    > real people install Debian.
    >
    > (I still have Ubuntu 10.04 LTS installed(amongst others).
    > After that release, Ubuntu became a non-option).


    Yea, I'm biding my time. I have 12.04 LTS. I figure all of this will
    come out in the wash well before April, 2017.

    Fwiw, I don't buy that Canonical has gone to the dark side. They are
    making some mistakes right now but, so what?

    The world needs both its Stallmans and Shuttleworths.

    --
    -Craig

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