RMS says things, that's what he does. He's committed to a very specific path in life and that's okay. Ubuntu as a project needs to have a revenue stream to survive, and from what I've read Canonical makes some reasonably decent money from private enterprise and so on, so they probably don't need the revenue stream all that bad.
I personally have no issues with the idea of affiliate links being embedded, it actually sounds like a nice idea to hack into Alfred so when I want a movie it'll check Amazon/iTunes/so on for it, but it needs to be made clear.
For those concerned about this being a HUGE security breach, have you audited the source? It's available online. Does it confirm your suspicions that Amazon is tracking everything search? The code is there, so if it's acting as spyware it's hardly the most secretive way of doing it.
(Speaking purely in terms of PR strategy, I don't know anything about Ubuntu or this issue.)
>RMS says things, that's what he does.
I see. And probably without a license... Tisk, tisk.
They're saying they'd search for "Joe Random - Resignation Letter - FooCorp.doc" trying to find the latest copy they'd written and when that was sent to Amazon as a product search it would leak private information.
Are you saying you doubt it does this?