Canonical (does not) begin tracking Ubuntu Installations

Paul Sladen ubuntu at
Fri Aug 13 12:58:22 BST 2010

On Thu, 12 Aug 2010, Fred A. Miller wrote:
> ...

Lets try an rephrase the sensational FUD:

1. OEM (eg. Acer/Dell/Foo Computer Inc.) expresses a desire to monitor the
   failure/return/reformat/upgrade rates of pre-installed Ubuntu systems.

2. Rather than having each OEM independently invent their own proprietary,
   badly designed, binary, security nightware, closed-source, unmaintained
   and potentially exploitable solution...

3. ...Canonical writes a *free-software*, open-source, *sanity-checked*
   way of counting per-OEM-installed systems in an anonymised way,
   packaged up in to an upgradable/fixable proper .deb.

If an OEM is _determined_ to do something potentially undesirable (and
explosive), would you rather it was done many times in an uncontrolled
manner, or by some people with clue(tm), hopefully a wider understanding of
the privacy issues and crucially the creation of Debian packages and secure

Why do one side of a triangle when you can do all three.  Somewhere, GB.

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