Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Is Finally Dropping The Amazon Web App


Does the Amazon web app also give you a hard time on Ubuntu?

If yes, then it’s time to cheer for you as the much-awaited Ubuntu 20.04 “Focal Fossa” has finally removed the pre-installed amazon web launcher from the dock. Now you won’t have to worry about the affiliated search results from the Amazon in the dash.

Disapproval by Ubuntu Community

Introduced in Ubuntu 12.10, Amazon web app faced excessive criticism for the Amazon-affiliated advertisements and product listings in the bash search result.

Amazon search result integration to the Ubuntu desktop led to a massive outcry of complaints from the Ubuntu community as it posed a user privacy concern.

Later, due to immense demand to shut the Amazon search result integration, Canonical, parent company of Ubuntu, finally disabled Ubuntu ‘Spyware’ in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, restricting the bash search result data transfer to the Canonical’s server for the third party usage.

But there was still dissatisfaction from users who disliked the pre-installed Amazon icon in the launcher.

Never-used Amazon web app finally removed

The recent update to the package in the ‘Focal’ development builds reveals that ubuntu-web-launchers dependency has been dropped fully.

Can this be considered end of the deal with Amazon which is believed to be used for the affiliate revenue generation by Canonical?

Whatever the reason may be, the unwanted Amazon icon will definitely be hailed by the Ubuntu community or some will miss who found it useful for surfing the Amazon faster.

Comment down on how you feel about this change, and keep reading and following the Fossbytes to keep yourself up-to-date with all the latest news and releases.

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar

Sarvottam Kumar is a software engineer by profession with interest and experience in Blockchain, Angular, React and Flutter. He loves to explore the nuts and bolts of Linux and share his experience and insights of Linux and open source on the web/various prestigious portals.
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