Is your OS spying on your computer habits? Daily tasks? Music you listen too? Videos you watch? How about the websites you visit? We all know Google and just about every other search engine does the latter and the last two if done online but why does your OS need to keep a record? Well if it has the latest Gnome version installed it probably is. I just learned of it today, yes I’m a bit behind, but I am shocked to say the least.
I learned of this behavior through another blog, Linuxaria. A well written post I originally was just curious as to what Zeitgeist was and what it did and now my eyes are wide open. Yes I think the devs at Gnome mean no harm but who is to say who might want to use this type of data for evil purposes or the very least to leverage for their own gain. Employers? Scorned spouse or significant other? Criminals? Our Government? I think you get the idea.
Well I for one like to know what is going on under the hood and what I do is my business. I know I can’t stop the calls for information completely lest I not use the web at all but I have knowledge of what information is being taken from my computer and what is not. I control the cookies and the sites I visit but it is getting increasingly harder not to visit any site that is not advertising merchandise of some sort that I have already purchased, from the Internet of course.
So the bottom line is if you do not know what this is I am encouraging you to at least read the Wiki post and make an educated decision about it. If you are running any of the Ubuntu versions using Gnome 3 I am encouraging you to read the Wiki and if you want to remove it, follow the steps on Linuxaria’s post. I am running LMDE at this time and Zeitgeist is not installed at this time. You can bet the house I am going to be checking again in the future as I install a lot of different programs and I like to test different desktop scenarios quite a bit and I do not like something tracking every non-system related event I happen to run. In addition it surely must use resources to keep a database on everything so in removing it you will surely increase performance a bit.
The choice is yours.