Ubuntu is one of the most famous Open Source Operating System Platform but a statement from Free Software Foundation President Mr. Richard Stallman has shocked the Open Source OS users and community “Ubuntu Linux is spyware” is what he quoted. Perhaps the reason behind this tirade is due to the fact that the operating system sends data to Canonical servers.

In Richard Stallman’s words on his blog “Ubuntu, a widely used and influential GNU/LINUX distribution, has installed Surveillance code. When the user searches her own local files for a string using the Ubuntu desktop, Ubuntu sends that string to one of Canonical servers (Canonical is the company that develops Ubuntu)”

I did some research and I found a forum discussing the same issue and I found out that it applies to Ubuntu 12.10 version and only one program that is suspicious or we can say which has some sort of spying code. Program name is zeitgeist. According to Canonical,they collect data to “enhance the user experience” but still the type of data they collect maybe very private, it may track the kind of music you listen or the keywords you type.

We can surely disable this zeitgeist program.

  1. Run sudo apt-get remove zeitgeist in a terminal. It might remove a few related packages, but so long as you don’t see anything suggested for removal that you don’t want, you should be fine.
  2. You will lose unity functionality if you remove zeitgeist. So we suggest you just disable logging.
  3. If you don’t need unity to function correctly, you can go ahead and remove zeitgeist, and just use the classic session (from the login screen).
  4. You can also blacklist everything or turn off logging altogether.

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