I have to completely disagree here. Making it easy to use Linux is not a crime, it’s a blessing. I’ve been using linux for 17 years but one thing I loath is the complexity which still exists after all these years. I used to compile everything from scratch when I was younger and used to love gentoo for this but I’m so over this now. This GNU ideaology makes Linux puposefully elite and complicated for the sake of everything being free and open (RS doesn’t believe in any commercial software existing). Nvidia drivers, Flash, codecs, mp3, ntfs-3g, hfs, m$ fonts, Skype, h264, etc… being included and or easily accessible in a distribution is awesome! I could care less if all of those are anti-GNU. They make my system quickly usable in the real world. The fact that still in this modern day any Centos based distribution where nouveau is default and I have to jump through hoops to install basic Nvidia drivers is lame.
As for Canonical “spyware” is a little overblown. Businesses are not charities. Analytics are very important in business. Like google, it helps them give you better information when you search helps tune the os. Also of course it makes them money(just like all the modern web browsers out there like Firefox get paid hundreds of millions for including google or bing as the default search). If you want to turn all the analytics off (spyware as some call it) then it is quite easy to do. Another thought BSD licenses are very anti GNU too, so essentially everything that makes the vfx world tick is anti GNU. Openexr, Alembic, OCIO, OIIO, Partio, Open Subdivs. Even QT is very anti GNU since you often need to use the Lgpl version of it and many packages use the commercial version of it. So we should all go back to crappy Motif :) hah!
Anyways, please ignore my rant if it offends you. I just became a little pasionate here. Nothing personal meant or implied here Kamil, just some friendly banter :)