Linux Mint 19 will not collect any data from the user or their computer

Linux Mint 19 Tare

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.

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  1.   George said

    Hello, I intend to install Linux Mint 19 (when available) on my computer.
    I currently have it running on a Linux Mint 17.3 disk and Windows 8.1 has been installed on the other disk and I want to keep it because sometimes I come back.
    Could you please explain to me how to install the new Mint in the place of the old one, from a pendrive.
    Or maybe tell me a tutorial where it is explained.
    These same doubts that I have I share with some friends.
    Congratulations on!
    From already thank you very much. Jorge

  2.   ercherramon said

    Hello Jorge. It is best to do a clean installation. Make a backup of your important files, download the ISO and prepare a bootable pendrive. Start from there and when you start the installation choose the manual partition option during the process and only touch the partitions where you have Linux Mint 17.03 installed. You can delete and re-edit them. If you have enough ram, you don't need to create the SWAP partition. If not, do it with little space. 1Gb is enough. I usually separate the HOME from the system partition (I believe the 3 most common partitions: The System, The Home and The Swap). So I only have to erase the system partition and I don't have to erase HOME. And with that you will have a more fluid system. I have not had good experiences upgrading from one version to another. There are always little details to which you invest some time and that could be solved better if you install from Zero.