Ubuntu developers to probably land an easy manner to on-demand disabling Internet-based results in the Dash (first under-the-hood steps already done)
Unity Shopping lens has landed (by default) in Ubuntu 12.10's Unity 6.6, landing triggering various complains across the web, complains ranging from identifying Amazon-based Dash results as ads to concerns related to user's privacy and security, latter aspects widely known and acknowledged as Ubuntu's core values.
After explanations related to Amazon decision generated by Mark Shuttleworth, John Lenton, various Ubuntu developers, community members, it seems that the developers are preparing the near-future landing of a visual clickable manner of disabling specific results from lenses (under Ubuntu 12.10).
According to the bug report, the targeted lens are Music lens, Videos lens, Applications lens and Shopping lens.
Probably, the solution will be a place in System Settings, from where users will probably be able to per-lens stop online communication (consequently, stopping the lens to communicate with "something" other than one's local computer, without requiring an Internet connection).
Furthermore, the mentioned changes are not mere plans, but already partially implemented code (not landed) in Unity development versions.
Ubuntu's Didier Roche stated: "First plumbing part (in libunity) done for optionally disabling all network communication for the unity lenses. Tomorrow will be the lenses work, and when I'll get the design, the UI part… You can see on the bug report that 6 different components are involved. It's not just a setting".
The above quote has been published on Google+, message clicked (+1) by Mark Shuttleworth (obviously, sustaining the about-to-land feature).
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