Canonical is exploring the idea of adding an option to the Ubuntu system installer which would allow the operating system to collect hardware information and send it over a secure connection to Canonical's developers. Will Cooke explains: "We would like to add a checkbox to the installer, exact wording TBD, but along the lines of 'Send diagnostics information to help improve Ubuntu'. This would be checked by default. The result of having that box checked would be: Information from the installation would be sent over HTTPS to a service run by Canonical's IS team. This would be saved to disk and sent on first boot once there is a network connection. The file containing this data would be available for the user to inspect." A list of information which would be collected if users enable the service and how it would be handled is available in Cooke's mailing list post.
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