View Full Version : [ubuntu] Me, paranoia and zeitgeist ?

July 24th, 2011, 03:20 PM
I saw that Ubuntu has a program called zeitgeist active, when I did a search for zeitgeist I did get the feeling that this was a spyware that has been accepted as a utility. I has a bit paranoia and even I do not is shame for downloading porn it feels a bit strange to have a program that do log things I do.

I do use GPS allot and edit my tracks on the Ubuntu laptop, so now is my question if it is possibly for any to extract the zeitgeist data by booting up a live Ubuntu (for an example) and then be able to see me typing in my GPS posistion in the GPS aplication (gpsbable, viking aso) I do use?

Or the short question, "zeitgeist; good or bad"?

July 24th, 2011, 11:14 PM
Don't worry, some people have had the same concerns as you. You don't need to worry about zeitgeist either; it only logs what files are opened, not their contents. So, if someone was able to get at the zeitgeist database, all they'd be able to find out is that you spent a lot of time editing a certain file.

July 25th, 2011, 02:53 AM
Thnx for the answer, but can I ask why it do so and what do folk use this for?

July 25th, 2011, 05:52 AM
From the Gnome Journal (http://gnomejournal.org/article/70/an-introduction-to-gnome-zeitgeist)

Zeitgeist is a data engine for the GNOME desktop. It logs and tags every document, website, conversation, email, note and application thatís opened on the GNOME desktop. All of the information is stored in one central database for quick access and any application can easily add itís own data to the mix. There are several user interfaces which show the information stored in the database, sorting it by type, date, or relevance to other files. They let users tag documents, bookmark them, and even attach custom notes to each item in the database. One of the interfaces, currently being developed by Siegried Gevatter as a Google Summer of Code project, even shows information from Zeitgeist inside the new GNOME Shell.

Zeitgeist is also used with Unity.