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Re: [gNewSense-users] Switching-off 'Google Buzz'

From: Freemor
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Switching-off 'Google Buzz'
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:56:33 -0400

On Thu, 11 Feb 2010 22:04:23 +0530
"Karunakaran .M" <address@hidden> wrote:

> 'Youtube' and 'Tweeter' links can not be accessed by gNewSense.
> Similar to that, I request the developers to do something to do for
> 'automatic-disable' for google-buzz or any other feature of any
> package which tries to intrude in user's privacy.
> No doubt, google-buzz can be disabled by 'turn-off-buzz' icon given
> in the bottom of their page.
> Lover of FREEDOM
> Karunakaran

Google Buzz is a feature of the Google website and has nothing directly
to do with gNewSense. Blocking content is a Very slippery slop for
distro to get into especially one that is about Freedom. gNewSense
doesn't Block Youtube or Tweeter content. The Distro just doesn't
support the proprietary formats used on those sites. (I'm guessing
Tweeter is Flash or AbodeAir based.) gNewSense is about Freedom, not
Privacy. The two are separate tho related issues. If the Dev's make
sure that gNewSense is built with only 100% free (as in speech)
software then they are doing their job and doing it well. The matter of
privacy is best left to the individual user (IMHO). Perhaps a "Privacy"
section could be started in the Wiki detailing things people can do
while using gNewSense to help ensure/promote their privacy. (I'd be
happy to start it if there is an interest in it.). 

If you are worried about Google and privacy you probably shouldn't be
using any Google properties. (one of the reasons I'm decommissioning
my gmail account). I feel the subject of privacy is to diverse and to
personal for gNewSense to make a mandate and doing so would detract
too much time and focus from the mandate of 100% Libre.

For clarity sake let me state that I am not a gNewSense Dev. Nor am I
in any way attached to the gNewSense project. The statements above are
meant to reflect my opinions only.



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