[ubuntu-studio-devel] How wide spread is Linux spyware?

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Fri Jul 10 21:01:23 UTC 2015

On Fri, 10 Jul 2015 13:03:13 -0700 (PDT), Len Ovens wrote:
>On Fri, 10 Jul 2015, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
>> ALL software that reports back to its authors (phones home) can
>> place users in certain categories in physical danger. Here's an
>> example: UbuntuStudio or any other Linux media distro is likely to
>> be used by social activists media makers like myself.
>I do not know how intrusive it is, but Ardour checks for new versions.
>I do not know if this is just the ardour.org binaries or the
>debian/ubuntu versions as well.

So does Sylpheed too, while the update check is disabled :( or maybe I
disabled it by the dialog box that popped up a few days ago, if so, it
at least was checked by default. At least in the past Opera did this
too, but web browsers anyway tend to do strange things in the
background. Since Opera has got a custom license I don't care, but I
dislike if native Linux software by default connects to the
Internet, doing things without permission to do.

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