Last week we had the release of Ubuntu 18.04, an LTS version that was quite important both for the Ubuntu project and for the users using this distribution. If you have installed this version, you may have noticed that after installation we are asked if we want to send our data to Canonical or not.
Ubuntu 18.04 brings with it a new program called Ubuntu Report that collects data anonymously to help developers. Or at least that's what the Ubuntu team has indicated. It even asks you if you want to activate it or not.This has raised the controversy and even more so with the announcement by Linux Mint that their versions will not have this program. A) Yes, Linux Mint 19, the next version of Linux Mint, will not have Ubuntu Report and that will mean that it will not record any data and log files of our operating system. Something that will attract the attention of many users.
Ubuntu Report will be the program that Linux Mint 19 will not have and that collects your data
Clem Lefebvre has indicated that none of the versions that come out of Linux Mint will have this program and there will be no other program collecting user information or sending it to the Linux Mint team or the Ubuntu team. The other version of Linux Mint, LMDE, being based on Debian will not have similar or similar software either.
And before the controversy is the doubt. We really do not know if it is used to get our data or for other purposes, but if it is used to improve the distribution, the truth is that Ubuntu would not be favored but rather annoyed. Popular folks within Free Software have yet to comment on this, but okay could happen like what happened with Amazon scope and it may or may not be removed in Ubuntu 18.10. In any case, if you do not trust this collection system, you will always have Linux Mint 19, a minty version of Ubuntu 18.04 without collecting personal data.