Which distro to circumvent Ubuntu spyware?
I've read people's concerns with Ubuntu's breach of users' privacy, and I am in full agreement. I support GNU's philosophy, and I would like to use a GNU-endorsed distro, but sadly my video card (HD 4850) does not have 3D acceleration support with free software, and I really want to use GNOME 3. In fact, I want to use the very latest version of GNOME 3 (3.8), which doesn't seem possible except on a distro that is compatible with Ubuntu repositories (specifically, the GNOME 3 PPA on launchpad[dot]net).
Also, if it's of importance, this article specifically identifies 3.8 as being available to users of Ubuntu 13.04:
ht tp://www .webupd8. o rg/2013/03/gnome-38-beta-available-in-ppa-for.html
So what would be ideal would be an Ubuntu fork that follows GNU's "free system distribution guidelines," that I can then ruin (sorry) by getting my video card functioning and installing GNOME 3.8. (At the very least, I want Ubuntu's breaches of privacy to be removed by default, which I read requires more than simply removing the shopping lens package.)
By the way, you can probably tell that I don't really understand what a distro is, which is almost certainly why I'm so confused about everything. (I think I understand the basics, like that it includes a kernal installer, libraries, preloaded applications, and a repository of endorsed apps. But I don't understand why it would be a bad idea to use another distro's repository.)
So far, I've found:
- I can't tell if this is based on the latest Ubuntu or not, and the FAQ reports that it will be based on Debian starting with gNewSense 3.
- Same issue with the version info, and I really don't need a dumbed down Linux experience, if that would even matter after updating to GNOME 3.8.
- Same issue with version info.
I am currently using Debian wheezy (as of a couple days ago), and I've used various distros in the past for moderate periods of time, although it's been a few years.
Thanks for any help offered!