Ignoring privacy sabotages Ubuntu's best chance for success

Benjamin Kerensa bkerensa at ubuntu.com
Tue Feb 25 20:35:42 UTC 2014

On 2/24/14, 3:08 AM, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> Gerry A. wrote on 21/02/14 16:45:
>> Ubuntu desktop and phone are great designs but contain a fatal 
>> flaw: a failure to foster & utilize what would be one of its 
>> strongest assets for gaining market share--Privacy.
>> ...
> Ubuntu has extensive designs for privacy settings on both PC and
> phone. <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityAndPrivacySettings> As
> with everything else in Ubuntu, there's always more to do than we
> have time for.

Except the fact that it requires opt-out to sending queries to
Canonical and then on to third parties. And that there are still
scopes/lenses enabled by default that do not use SSL which leaks user

> Protracted but non-specific comparisons to DuckDuckGo aren't that 
> useful. Most useful would be for you to implement privacy features 
> yourself, or find new contributors to do so. But at a minimum, you 
> could be more specific about improvements you'd like to see.

You're suggesting that individuals are going to be able to submit
patches to improve privacy and that those patches would even be

Please explain then why a member of the Ubuntu Tech Committees patch
has sat without review for two years.

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