Richard Stallman, the pioneer of free software, has asked a South American free software association to not promote Ubuntu at any event, giving reasons that it “spies on its users” by collecting desktop search activity, and then handing it over to Amazon.
Canonical, developers of Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system, released version 12.10 with the desktop search last October. Users can opt out of this, in which Canonical claims it retrieves anonymous user data, which is shared with third parties.
After calling Ubuntu spyware, it seems it might be a ridiculous banter by Stallman. It may not be spyware, but it’s no surprise any software collects data. Wouldn’t you be shocked if you found out software didn’t collect data?
A lot of heated criticism has been over this desktop search, however, Stallman’s request was declined. The FLISOL event organizer stated that users should have freedom of choice. As we know, limited freedom of choice is bad when it comes to software.
Whether Stallman wants Ubuntu promoted anymore is irrelevant to the fact that Ubuntu is one of the fastest growing distros of Linux.
Over the past two weeks, an outbreak of Trojan.Milicenso has resulted in multiple reports of massive print jobs being sent to print servers, printing garbage characters until the printer runs out of paper. Our telemetry data has shown the worst hit regions were the US and India followed by regions in Europe and South America. We originally encountered Trojan.Milicenso in 2010 and our initial investigation had shown that this was basically a malware delivery vehicle for hire. The payload that is most commonly associated with this latest version is Adware.Eorezo; an adware targeting French speaking users.
- Trojan.Milicenso: A Paper Salesman’s Dream Come True (symantec.com)
- Printer bomb malware wastes reams of paper, sparks pandemonium (arstechnica.com)