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Thread: Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed?

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    Exclamation Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed?

    "Scheduled to be released next month, Ubuntu 12.10 now includes both Amazon ads in the user's dash and by default an amazon store in the user's launcher. The reason for these 'features'? Affiliate revenue. Despite previous controversies with Banshee and Yahoo, Canonical is 'confident it will be an interesting and useful feature for our 12.10 users.' But are the 'users' becoming products?" *

    * http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/09/...-pre-installed

    Is this a joke?

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    Re: Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed?

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/09/o...n-ubuntu-12-10

    Just open up a terminal and run "sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping" to remove the shopping lens.

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    Re: Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed?

    The needs to be opt-in, not obscure opt-out. i.e. a checkbox in the installer alongside the third-party codec support.

    And after reading the article, it's not adverts. It's shopping suggestions. Misleading headline on Slashdot. Whodathunkit?
    Last edited by jfernyhough; September 22nd, 2012 at 03:57 PM.
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    Re: Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed?

    There's a discussion thread about this already, here:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2060764

    Closed.

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