Canonical wants to collect Ubuntu user data to improve its releases


Canonical CEO Will Cooke today announced that the company is seeking implement a mechanism to collect data in future Ubuntu releases, this is in order to improve the things that matter most to users.

Information Ubuntu engineers need to improve certain aspects of this system includes user settings, installed software, Ubuntu version and environment, network settings, CPU brand, RAM, disk size, resolution of the screen, video card data and even the motherboard manufacturer.

AdditionallyThe company wants to know your locationAlthough you promise not to save any IP addresses, your installation time, login settings, and initial installation preferences will also be collected.

The option to collect data will be implemented in the Ubuntu installer

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Canonical mentions that there is a plan to implement the data collection option from the installer with a section that says something like “send diagnostic to improve Ubuntu”And it will be enabled by default.

For Ubuntu developers, it is important to know that keeping this option enabled will help them focus their efforts on the things that matter most for future versions of the system.

All shared data will be transmitted securely over HTTPS handled by Canonical. The data will be saved locally and on the next reboot it will be forwarded if an active network is detected, in addition, users will be able to access this file and inspect it, and the final results of the entire collection will be public.

Finally, the company will update its privacy policiesThese changes will be reflected in the next version of the system, Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) that will arrive on April 26 of this year.

If you want to know all the data that the mechanism will collect or you want to leave your opinion, you can do so in the official publication.

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  1.   Vicente said

    To find out what users prefer, the correct method is to ask them in a survey. That way the user knows the data he gives. The other is a justification for spying.
    It seems that Big Brother is the biggest business there is. But it is also the most fictitious because more lies circulate on the Internet than serious information.