However innocent a feature the devs at Canonical think this is it smells fishy. There are many reasons that a person choses Linux over the alternatives. One really important one is motivated by a dislike of tracking and data harvesting. This move flies in the face of all of those users. This arms the haters, supplying them with ample ammunition.
For the experienced Linux user that has chosen Ubuntu this is more than enough to tip them over to using a different distro.
What with the return to Gnome, dropping Mir and the other side projects many of us thought Canonical had finally taken the sensible pill and returned to it’s original course of being a regular Distro for all users. Then it pulls the shotgun from the crazy locker and shoots it’s foot clean off.
All of the other distro’s are sat in class getting on with their school work and Ubuntu is sat in the supply cupboard eating glue again.