View Full Version : [ubuntu] Regarding (X)Ubuntu 12.10 & Lens/amazon

December 2nd, 2012, 12:00 PM
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.


December 2nd, 2012, 12:54 PM
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.

December 2nd, 2012, 01:14 PM
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.

December 2nd, 2012, 01:40 PM
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).

December 2nd, 2012, 02:12 PM
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.

December 2nd, 2012, 02:38 PM
Here's some reading then...