Richard Stallman Talks About Ubuntu

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Richard Stallman Talks About Ubuntu & its privacy invasing (according to EFF and FSF) Features. In order to access the video (watch or download) usining free software. Please read the article on Muktware.


  1. Freedom means that one can do what they like as long as it doesn't harm or infringes freedoms of others. As long as Canonical informs their potential customers what they are about to be using if they choose Ubuntu, I see no reason why they should stop the way they distribute Ubuntu.

  2. Whats wrong with non free Software ? I mean we live in a capitalistic society, free software is something unusual. In fact I think you would have to pay for your Software even in a communist society…

  3. Forget installing a godam OS! Pointless waste of time! All you are doing is "creating a house for bugs". Freedom is fading fast. There IS no "freedom".. NONE! ONLY the illusion of freedom exists within limits. We are all "junk-yard dogs" who don't realize there is an invisible chain and choke-collar around our neck! Stallman and Torvalds are correct. ONLY run disposable OS from USB flash and keep it refreshed often. Knoppix is unsurpassed and the older versions best like 7.2.0 de (german) version. Keep all your files remote.. Any good OS should have no problem accessing and manipulating "your stuff" – LINUX RULES!

  4. Say which software is not spying google??,microsoft???,etc etc… ,it just matter of choice from whom u would get spy….Bcz there no such thing as freedom…Ethical or not…Freedom is not a term for us common people.

  5. Non-free stuff: Well, I want my hardware to work, so that's fine by me.
    Spyware: I don't like the Unity interface. It's terrible. I will only use a remix of Ubuntu such as Ubuntu MATE, or Kubuntu. Non-issue then.

  6. As much as I dislike RMS's utterances in general (because he ignores reality in favor of blind ideology), he's absolutely right that a feature which by default automatically sends user input to some outside party, is disgusting malware.

  7. If this the cost of a massively usable and easy to maintain free OS then I accept it. Nothing is free in this world and if the cost is targeted ads or in this case, nothing more than simply displaying a purchasable version of something YOU searched for then I accept this cost.

    Richard basically admits this is not malicious, it's only going to Canonical and only shows Amazon results, this is not malicious, this is simply a "Cookie" but only for that one time search that you did, it's better than a cookie.

    I approve of this sort of "spyware"… I let Google know my schedule, my work route, my name and address, music tastes, interests, hobbies, god knows what else because it means I get targeted data based on ME! I receive beneficial information like the other week I was told to go a different route home because otherwise it was 22 minutes delay due to an accident. I let Google know my route, know my work schedule and it benefited ME!

    Stop thinking in the past and open your ancient old mind to new ways of thinking and your software might reach the masses.

  8. Took me many moons to move to linux, and I chose Ubuntu in the end, then they changed to the desktop to that horrible pane thingy designed for mobile(yes I know all about gnome-session-fallback and used it for sometime) and now I watch this, lol can anyone recommend a safe, easy to use non market research version of Linux that has a real desktop

  9. It's so funny some of you think you're "safe" just because you use some random ass linux distro and noname softwares, yet just by commenting here, having an account, having an email address, google collects data from you too 🙂

  10. What does Richard Stallman have to say about Linuxmint Debian and Debian because those are the only two distributions of Debian that I've successfully installed Valve's Steam game client on. I know I could probably be doing more constructive this than playing games, but sometimes I need a break or something to pass the time while baking food with the timer on of course. I also, like to write guides on how to install Steam on Linux for people that might also want to use Steam for the same reasons or different reasons. Ubuntu was the most reliable and easiest distribution to install Steam on compared to other distributions of Debian, so I was surprised when I found out about what Stallman had to say here.

  11. I appreciate that he at least acknowledges that distros like Ubuntu do indeed put the user much closer to 'freedom' than say, Windows or Mac Os. That said, I don't think he's rationally justified in saying, "They're teaching users to not value freedom." Not teaching users to value freedom, and teaching users, do not value freedom are two very different things, and I only see evidence of the former.
    I mean, far be it from me to question his holiness, but I value freedom, and that's what lead me to Linux because I was born into the proprietary pressure that exists in society. It wasn't as though I had no concept of freedom, even in the way he means it, prior to using Linux. Rather, it was my innate desire to be free that enabled me to gravitate toward freedom, naturally.

    Specifically, I run ubuntu KDE or Xfce on my Hp Chromebook 13 G1 with a core m7 and 16gb of ram. I'm totally aware that, especially compared to some, Ubuntu is like Linux for kids. However, that said, I am none the less proud of myself for discovering how to do this, and I love exploring Linux more and more, which is something that, prior to Chromebooks, I likely would not have done. I realize that if I hadn't dived into running Linux some other way, it's out of my own ignorance, so I'm certainly not blaming anybody, suggesting it's too difficult or inaccessible to the average lay user. I am, though, passionately putting forth the idea, that I have Google to thank, personally, specifically those who produced the Crouton package, however ironic it may be.

    I think the most important thing is that the users are aware and have a choice, and it's unfortunate that, that wouldn't simply go without saying. He said it himself, Ubuntu, because it's Linux, essentially still gives you the freedom to opt out and create variants that don't include malicious software.
    I feel like I must seem like a drug addict, claiming I could give it up anytime if I wanted to. I continue to learn more every day, and eventually I'll shed these training wheels.

  12. The more I get to know Stallman, the more I realize that he has a serious screw loose. He has a "firmly held belief" (aka religion) that proprietary software and commercial software business models are not just wrong, but evil. He can't seem to wrap his head around the idea that open source and commercial business models can coexist serving different parts of the market. He deserves credit as a pioneer of open source, but he has become an embarrassment to himself and to the open source concept.

  13. Well….I use Debian but was "forced" to install non-free software (drivers for third party hardware), otherwise I wouldn't be able to use many things.

    Convenience is necessary, even advanced users or even software developers like me can't develop solutions for every gap we find on the way.

    He rather freedom than convenience because he is a high-level computer scientist.

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