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Re: Smolt and software information



On Fri, 2007-11-09 at 21:35 -0500, Yaakov Nemoy wrote:
> On Nov 9, 2007 8:53 PM, Andrew Bartlett <abartlet samba org> wrote:
> > The more we move into tracking software, the more I'm concerned about
> > smolt.  I've chosen to participate so far, because I would like my
> > hardware supported better, but for software you risk disclosing things
> > people perhaps didn't want public like:
> >
> >  - Do I run patented codecs?
> >  - Do I run a proprietary kernel module?
> >  - Do I run software I would rather not let others know I run?
> 
> The client isn't set up to do so yet, but if you wanted, it's possible
> to exclude a certain hardware item, because you don't want it revealed
> that you use a proprietary driver.  We don't record the other bits of
> information.  This has also been heavily discussed.  I hate to think
> that every time I ask honest questions about privacy, people suddenly
> think smolt is some evil thing because it has inherent privacy
> questions.  This is why I post questions all the time.

Thankyou for taking so much time and effort to consider the issues, and
for your thoughtful reply. 

> This I think is the number one concern.  Smolt does not store any IP
> related information in it's database.  The source code is available as
> it is open source.  The server that accepts the incoming data does
> receive an IP address, and that is infact unavoidable.  

> So when you don't mention any objections to storage of filesystem type
> used, that means I have your +0 vote on that issue? ;-P

It seems harmless enough, but most things do :-)

Perhaps just list it if the filesystems are in the standard set supplied
with Fedora?

Andrew Bartlett

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Andrew Bartlett
http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.

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