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    Question Regarding (X)Ubuntu 12.10 & Lens/amazon

    Hi all, and thanks in advance for your comments:



    I'm currently using Ubuntu 12.04, and quite happy with it. I'm using the Unity desktop, and I've got no major complaints.

    My problem/question is:

    I've been reading on the news, forums, and different websites that the new version in 12.10, which i'll eventually have to upgrade to if I plan on using Ubuntu, has a lens/amazon function on the dash that sends queries to amazon. Now, this disturbs me a bit, since I don't want to see "shopping recommendations" everytime I look for something, be they from amazon or from "future partners".

    Does this new "function" only apply to the Unity desktop? If I switch to the Xfce desktop, will I be able to "save myself" from sending search data to amazon and/or shopping recommendations from them? Or will I have to entirely switch distributions, in order to evade this?

    Again, many thanks in advance for your comments and/or help.

    Regards,
    Miguel.

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    Re: Regarding (X)Ubuntu 12.10 & Lens/amazon

    It's very easy to turn off the shopping lenses, just go to Settings > Privacy and switch them off.

    You can uninstall the shopping lenses packages as well if you wish.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Regarding (X)Ubuntu 12.10 & Lens/amazon

    Thanks! Good to know. I'll still wait to upgrade because the version is quite unstable, but as soon as it goes LTS, i'll be upgrading.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Regarding (X)Ubuntu 12.10 & Lens/amazon

    12.10 is perfectly stable for me. Also you seem to be confused about LTS releases, 12.10 will never be LTS.

    LTS releases come out every 2 years, the next one will be 14.04 which is scheduled for release in April 2014 (2014.04).
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Regarding (X)Ubuntu 12.10 & Lens/amazon

    Oh yeh... Yup, I'm pretty confused about the subject. I should read up on that... I'm accostumed to Debian, where the "Testing" edition eventually becomes "Stable".

    Thanks for pointing that one out.

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    Re: Regarding (X)Ubuntu 12.10 & Lens/amazon

    Here's some reading then...
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS
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