@ParadeGrotesque @blocknonip
Is nothing sacred?

Thankfully, I'm not an Ubuntu user. Does a default Ubuntu install include MOTD?

@blocknonip

I don't see this as being "evil". After all we're fetching packages from them as well. The message they pass isn't anything terrible and it's trivial to disable. 🤷🏻‍♂️

@blocknonip the most identifying thing it sends is a "cloud-id" (and an IP address, technically), which isn't set at all unless you use cloud-init tools to bootstrap your server. This is used to notify for vulnerabilities such as Spectre and Meltdown, among other practical and reasonable uses. It's like they take their business seriously or something

@ngp

You're neglecting the fact tgat the other minor factors add up to create a more unique "fingerprint"

What are some of those other practical and reasonable uses?

@blocknonip

@ngp

A lot of words and none address the sending of info which we are talking about

@blocknonip

@robert Those only work after the system is up and running. For many organizations, it is not acceptable for Ubuntu to be enumerating our networks.

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