There are other perspectives, though. I've been on a Linux desktop almost exclusively for 19 years now. I continue to be amazed at the amount of spammy crap I have to put up with on my phone and tablet (running CM10 and stock 4.0.2 respectively, so it's not like I'm beholden to a manufacturer). Seems like every game wants to tell me about new features in the status bar every day. All the online services want to connect me to all the others. Every day or so some app has an "upgrade" available that inexplicably needs new permissions authorized. And frankly it seems to be getting worse.
And my desktop distro just goes on, doing what it's supposed to do, year after year.
> And my desktop distro just goes on, doing what it's supposed to do, year after year.
What distro are you using? Because not all of them are free of this sort of crap. For example, Canonical decided to pollute the universal search in Unity, starting with Ubuntu 12.10, by adding in results from Amazon.