|Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Dash Update To Incorporate Search Results From Amazon|
|Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, has added Amazon search results to the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Dash search function. Some users hate this and have declared Ubuntu to be adware. Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's founder, has replied that this response is FUD. Here's what really happening. |
First, yes, when you do a search from Unity Dash in Ubuntu 12.10, besides the usual search results you'll also see a More Suggestions results box. This will contain, not ads, but search results from Amazon. This is part of the integration of Web apps into the Ubuntu desktop. In addition to the Amazon integration into Ubuntu search there's also a separate Amazon search app. and forty plus other "Web site apps" such as BBC News, Facebook, and Reddit will be available.
Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Dash Update To Incorporate Search Results From Amazon [zdnet.com]
To be honest, I wouldn't mind there being opt-out adware in ubuntu. I certainly wouldn't mind giving them a cut of my amazon purchases.
I stopped using it after they shoved Unity on it.
I like Unity, but it is still immature.
I have also found something quite buggy in Ubuntu (Bluetooth file transfer is my current problem).
What are you using now J_Rad?
mint seems fine, im not a full time linux user by any means, but i gota keep my hands dirty in everything.
Finally bought a new, faster machine. Installed Ubuntu 12.04 (two other machines already using Lucid 10.04).
I spent several hours Monday evening trying to set up the new OS to do the work of my primary Lucid and gave in! Terrible OS if you use a lot of apps continually throughout the day! Unity? I don't think so.
I generally have about 20 window tabs on the bottom taskbar - move mouse, click, there's the app/window I want. I simply could not find out how to arrange that on 12.04. Looked for a gnome replacement interface and found only details of how to recompile the OS to accomplish it. No!
There is a reason why most OS's have menus and task bars. The research was done a few decades ago and in my opinion it still holds up (mobiles being exceptions here).
Tuesday afternoon I looked at the Mint web site, downloaded Maya Mate and tried it as a live DVD. A couple of hours later I installed Mint, wiping ubuntu completely from the new machine.
I could really do with a top taskbar to take the menus and fixed icons away from the bottom bar (I could do with mnore space) but I can live with it. I like the Menu itself, now I'm used to it, and installation from the menu beats the Software Manager except when one is uncertain of the app's name (Software Manager is not as good as Lucid's!). And the underlying ubuntu / gnome / kde apps repository helps me install to my old Lucid standard. So far it's taken about ten hours and I expect another ten before I have the new machine installed to the Lucid (and earlier!) pattern, but it usually takes me best part of a week to get a new machine working to my preferences.
Many thanks to those in this forum who, over the past year-ish, have advocated Mint! Respect! :)
For reference, my primary apps are Gnome RDP (3 or 4 instances), three versions of network tools/calculators, Thunderbird and Quicknotes, several instances of Kate, gedit, at least one Nautilus and half a dozen or more Firefox windows. Add extras depending on current activities, such as VLC, Audacity, video conversion utils and such-like, with seasoning to taste, as they say.
I do like Unity, but as graeme_p mentioned, it is very immature, it has got a long way to go before it will be as usable as Gnome or even KDE.
I don't mind Ubuntu making an affiliate cut from a purchase, who knows, it might even give Amazon a reason to push Ubuntu.
I think Ubuntu need to address some user concerns and issues before implementing this. Otherwise it gives the impression of putting profit before user needs.