Matthew Paul Thomas
mpt at myrealbox.com
Sat Jun 21 14:13:55 UTC 2008
On Jun 20, 2008, at 8:27 PM, Dougie Richardson wrote:
> This bug  has kind of reached a stale mate and to be honest I think
> that the status should be changed to "Won't Fix". It's a very uncommon
> usage scenario, extremely unlikely and there is no current tool to be
> documented that solves the issue.
>  https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-doc/+bug/146895
Since Ubuntu is freely redistributable, widely redistributed, and
increasingly popular, eventually someone will have sufficient incentive
to distribute something that claims to be Ubuntu but isn't.
This is already happening with Firefox. It started mildly enough, with
sites that disguise Google's "download Firefox" button ad as their
download link (thereby earning commission on downloads), and sites that
require you to enter your e-mail address (supposedly so that they can
e-mail you the download link). But now there are sites that invite you
to pay for the Firefox "premium edition", sites that offer Firefox with
their toolbar or extension of choice pre-installed, and even reportedly
a site that offers spyware disguised as Firefox 3.
Mozilla's main defence against this is robustly defending the Firefox
trademark (which indirectly led to the Iceweasel saga), and encouraging
people to download Firefox only from getfirefox.com. But Ubuntu is a
much bigger download than Firefox (so using someone else's CD or
downloading from a geographically close mirror is noticably easier),
even downloading from www.ubuntu.com *requires* you to choose a mirror
site with a strange name, and Linux users are more familiar with the
idea of mirrors in general. These factors in combination make us more
socially vulnerable to a malicious download site, or to someone
distributing CDs falsely claiming to contain Ubuntu.
It's not a "bug" as usually defined, but it is a problem that needs
solving. Just not by the documentation team.
Matthew Paul Thomas
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