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Canonical's Director of Ubuntu Desktop Will Cooke announced today that the company wants to implement some data collecting mechanism in future releases of Ubuntu Linux to improve the things that matter most to users.
The information Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop engineers need to improve certain aspects of the Linux-based operating system about includes users' setups, installed software, Ubuntu flavor and version, network connectivity, CPU family, RAM, disk size, screen resolution, GPU vendor and model, as well as OEM manufacturer.
In addition, the company says that it needs to know your location, yet it promises to not store IP addresses of users. Other information that would be collected includes total installation time, automatic login info, selected disk layout, LivePatch enablement, and if you choose to install updates or third-party software during installation.
"We want to be able to focus our engineering efforts on the things that matter most to our users, and in order to do that we need to get some more data about sort of setups our users have and which software they are running on it," says Will Cooke, Director of Ubuntu Desktop at Canonical.
"The data collection option will be implemented in the installer"
Canonical says that it plans to implement the new data collection option in the installer through a checkbox named something like "Send diagnostics information to help improve Ubuntu" and enabled by default. Of course, users will be able to uncheck this box during the installation if they don't want Canonical to collect any data.
However, it's important to know that this would help the Ubuntu Desktop development team to focus their efforts on the things that matter the most to you in future versions of Ubuntu. Also, Canonical said that all the collected data from the installation would be securely sent to a service run by Canonical’s IS team via HTTPS.
The data is saved locally, on your computer, and would be sent to Canonical on first boot if an active network connection is detected. Users will be able to access the respective file that contains the collected data and inspect it thoroughly. Canonical said that the results of this data collection would be made public.
That data would include:
* Ubuntu Flavour
* Ubuntu Version
* Network connectivity or not
* CPU family
* Disk(s) size
* Screen(s) resolution
* GPU vendor and model
* OEM Manufacturer
* Location (based on the location selection made by the user at
install). No IP information would be gathered
* Installation duration (time taken)
* Auto login enabled or not
* Disk layout selected
* Third party software selected or not
* Download updates during install or not
* LivePatch enabled or not
* Popcon would be installed. This will allow us to spot trends in package
usage and help us to focus on the packages which are of most value to our
* Apport would be configured to automatically send anonymous crash reports
without user interruption.
The results of this data would be made public. E.g. People would be able
to see that X% of Ubuntu users are based in .de vs Y% in .za. Z% of our
users run Dell hardware, and so on.
Any user can simply opt out by unchecking the box, which triggers one
simple POST stating, “diagnostics=false”. There will be a corresponding
checkbox in the Privacy panel of GNOME Settings to toggle the state of this.
And to reiterate, the service which stores this data would *never* store IP
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installer bi mogao dobiti "send diagnostics" toggle koji ako je uključen skuplja neke podatke o softveru i hardveru korisnika i slično, podaci se spremaju i lokalno pa ih korisnik može pregledati, ne snimaju se IP adrese, a svi prikupljeni podaci će biti javni. Ovo je ok, takve podatke je potrebno znati da bi se razvoj fokusirao na ono što je najbitnije korisnicima i da se vide detalji o korištenju OSa. Tko ne želi sudjelovati moći će isključiti opciju u installeru ili kasnije u Privacy dijelu Gnome Settings programa.