Community manager of Canonical, Jono Bacon has published a blog post saying issues regarding Amazon Dash Results were taken seriously by the Ubuntu team, and most of them have been resolved. Inclusion of this lens triggered a user backlash earlier, mostly due to privacy issues. Canonical has addressed each of them like:
- Concern about the usefulness of the feature – to resolve this a toggle switch has been added to the Privacy settings dialog to disable/enable the feature.
- Concern about the encryption of traffic – traffic is now encrypted.
- Concern about adult content being displayed via the lens – significant changes have been made to blacklist certain results based on keywords.
Jono Bacon posted:
These concerns have been taken very seriously inside Canonical and there has been extensive work going on to ensure we can tend to any outstanding issues ready for the 12.10 release. It is important to remember that this is the nature of how we develop Ubuntu; we often add features that later require additional focus and work based upon feedback in the community. This is just the nature of collaborative community; our community helps us to refine and improve Ubuntu in many ways based on feedback. I want to offer a sincere thank-you to everyone who has provided constructive, frank feedback about what we need to do to improve this feature and bring it in-line with the needs and expectations of our users.
Ubuntu 12.10 is scheduled to be release on October 18th.