Using Ubuntu To Create An Illegitimate Referral Based Profit Center

As we near the release of the biggest consumer-oriented commercial software to ever hit Linux, some negative realities from other platforms may make a nasty appearance in Ubuntu. Why? That’s easy; as Ubuntu gains traction with the desktop buying masses, there will be more and more individuals who are simply not educated enough to discern between quality software and not.

In Windows, there is a whole boatload of illegitimate businesses that operate on a blurry line of legality. What started as a way to monetize free-ware –not free software –, turned into a business model that exploits open source software. For more information, take a look at this post. It shows how criminals take open source code and rebuild the installers to gain referral income from malware, freeware and other. The upsetting part of this is that these activities will be a whole lot easier in Ubuntu…

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