Friday, May 3, 2013
Is Our World Truly Open?
Posted by Constantine Apostolou at 1:51 PM Categories: black wren browser, browser, cinux, cinux linux, free and open source, Linux, open source, privacy, ubuntu, web browser
Open Source: Software, hardware or manufactured goods with an open license, that you can modify, reproduce and redistribute, free of charge.
BUT, IS OUR WORLD OPEN?
To those who think that and are really free, open source and secure, well, I have bad news for you. Sure, Ubuntu and Android are open source, you can view the source code and compile it, thus create your own instances or "distributions," but what you aren't really told is what is happening behind the scenes.
Many people think of Ubuntu when they hear of the term , but that is really not the case. Ubuntu a derivative of , and as we all know Debian a Linux based operating system. Linux is both free and open source and all the packages that are bundled in Debian are also free and open source. However, Ubuntu isn't open source all together. Several drivers, modules and pieces of code are really hard to retrieve, view or even modify. I can't even think of how many times I tried to compile my own packages on Ubuntu and I couldn't because of "stealth" configurations in the system. There isn't even a centralized wiki-like page in which you can find information of this sort, something that made me look all over the place to find a simple answer to my questions, non of which came from any website affiliated with Ubuntu. I got to a point that I got really sick of Ubuntu and uninstalled it all together.
The other side of things is that, even if they were truly open source, they wouldn't be free. Sure, they would be free of charge, but not free all together; the same way that Google claims it's free, but the user has to trade in his privacy. Well, exactly the same thing happens with Ubuntu and Android, and the last one is a Google product as well.
By the time you activate your Android device and log in to your Google account an endless stream of data regarding your location, search queries and app downloads are being sent to Google replicated and shared within their servers, leaving a 6 to 18 month activity trace behind you. This means that, lets say you searched about Chlamydia 6 months ago, that search is still stored on some Google server; if this search was 6 to 18 months old, chances are 50/50 whether it still exists or not. Google does this because the company, literally, lives off advertising and there is nothing wrong with advertising, as long as the privacy and security of users isn't jeopardized. (A better visualization)
Ubuntu, on the other hand, exposes its users in a quite different way than Google, with Ubuntu One, their cloud storage service, and Ubuntu Store being some of them.
I do not even need to get into explaining why Ubuntu One is such an evil service, but I will talk about Ubuntu Store. Canonical is turning Ubuntu Store into the "Marketplace" of Linux, if you want your app to be downloaded a sufficient amount of times, then Ubuntu Store is your heaven; users just type in their queries and they get their answers on the spot - no need to type in "apt get install" repeatedly or search the internet until you find the package you want. Well, that draws advertising to it, again. "Well, that's really okay, I don't mind," you might say and to be honest, it seems quite innocent, but it isn't. Ubuntu does, in these terms, the exact same thing Google does when you search. Not to mention that Canonical is trying to ban non Ubuntu certified packages, especially after the quite recent virus rage on Linux (which was really only on Ubuntu).
Anti viruses should NOT exist for Linux because viruses do not exist for Linux. Linux is built in a why to not be affected by viruses and it is a well known fact that viruses exist only because big organizations make them in order to profit through anti-virus software.
So, Ubuntu nor Android are completely free and open source, hence they should not be related that closely to Linux and our world isn't completely open.
All this is just a small part of what motivated me to start my own from scratch Linux based operating system: , and my web browser , formerly known as JetBrowser, after a company illegally claimed the name.