Canonical, creator of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu has come under fire due to an attempt to make a new promotion.
How TechRadar Pro reported Last week, Canonical is now offering free access to the corporate version of Ubuntu for up to five people Workplace. In an attempt to broadcast a schema, the company sends a message via the command line to each user who updates the operating system.
However, part of the Ubuntu user base did not kindly take the move, which was interpreted by some as inappropriate interference.
While the offensive message is intended to promote a free service, Ubuntu vocal users moved to platforms such as Reddit and the official Canonical forum to express their dissatisfaction.
The consensus among those angered by the command-line message is that this is an unnecessary annoyance and possibly a breach of an unwritten agreement between Canonical and its users.
Others have speculated that trying to promote Ubuntu Pro may constitute a violation of data protection laws that prevent companies in some countries from advertising to users of the service without obtaining prior approval.
However, some community members also stood up for Canonical, arguing that the message was just a minor inconvenience and pointing out that using the Ubuntu operating system is free.
“Let me understand the problem. Do you use a distribution from a for-profit corporation and don’t want to use it if the one-line opt-in is mentioned? ” one Reddit user asked.
Another noted, quite rightly, that Microsoft has often used the opportunity to place advertisements on components of its Windows operating system, a platform that people are already paying for.
TechRadar Pro asked Canonical if he intended to change course in light of the reaction, but received no immediate reply.
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