Canonical revealed today the initial desktop metrics that it gathered from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS users since the release of the operating system in April 2018.
During the development cycle of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Canonical announced that there would be an optional personal and system data collection tool implemented in the operating system to help them improve Ubuntu. Later, closer to the final release, it was revealed that the data collection tool was implemented in an all-new Welcome screen displayed only once after the first boot.
The data collected by Canonical to improve the Ubuntu Linux operating system contained information about Ubuntu flavor used and version, users’ setups, installed software, network connectivity, OEM manufacturer, CPU family, RAM, disk size, screen resolution, GPU vendor and model, as well as users’ location based on the options they choose during the installation.
These would help Canonical better understand the needs of its users and their hardware setups to make Ubuntu faster and better supported. Canonical said that the data collected will be made public at some point in time, and today the company revealed the first desktop metrics for its Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, which appears to be used all over the world.