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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs


Re: Location, Location, Location.

The location asked at install time is just country and time zone. It uses that to display the local time and to know which local time zone rules to apply, plus the installer uses it to guess what to suggest for language, keyboard, currency, etc. you probably want.

Fedora first started collecting this type of information at least 10 years ago, and RHEL, CentOS, OpenSuse, and Gentoo copied it from them. I think it got retired a a few years ago though because of lack of maintainers for the code and the server.

Debian created a system which tracked which packages you installed and which ones you used how often and a lot of Debian derivatives use it also.

Any non-server distro that wants to know your current IP address already has it anyway, since your PC constantly pings their server for security updates. That is true these days for any PC operating system.

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