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Before I dive in to Ubuntu, and spend all the time reading and learning what I can, I prefer to use my own computer to store my stuff. Ubuntu's warning at the bottom of the browser stating Ubuntu uses cookies, for my benefit; sounds like Microsoft - not Open Source. Does one have to use the cloud, or can they maintain their own control over their data, and, does Ubuntu 'fee' use any kind of tracking/stalking monitoring tools - not counting cookies?

Everything is free on the Internet, one just has to pay for it; either with currency, or privacy. Does Ubuntu do both? Yeah, yeah the Terms of Use and Privacy. Know of a free Philadelphia lawyer to explain it in English?

I think Ubuntu could be the one to tell Micro$oft to stuff-it :) but it's not like installing Windoze, it's much more complicated. I hope Ubuntu tries to make it easier.

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    Browser cookies have nothing to do with "the cloud" or keeping stuff on other people's computers – Seth Mar 8 '16 at 1:46
  • ...(to make it short:) browser cookies are rather more for storing "website-preferences" on your own computer! – DJCrashdummy Mar 10 '16 at 8:10
  • Google uses them, and beacons, LSOs etcetera to track people. I don't have anything Google on my main comp, but any time I leave almost any site, my system deletes Google cookies. Those are used to track what site we visit & do there by Google Analytic and fonts. Web site preferences? - but they also stalk. Too many Millennials are born with a Googie account and easily assimilated. You can disagree if you like - but it's off topic anyway, and won't help either of us to argue it. – Internaut Mar 11 '16 at 17:57
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Yes, Ubuntu is free. You don't have to pay for it in currency or privacy.

Possible concerns:

As for the cloud, Ubuntu used to have a cloud service called Ubuntu One, and it's long since dead. Now Ubuntu One exists as a single-sign-on (SSO) service for other Canonical products (Launchpad, Ubuntu Forums, Ubuntu Wiki, etc.). It was also opt-in while it existed.

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