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cgw993 at aol.com
Mon Sep 2 10:40:37 BST 2013
From: digikam-users-bounces at kde.org [mailto:digikam-users-bounces at kde.org]
On Behalf Of Gilles Caulier
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 1:54 AM
To: digiKam - Home Manage your photographs as a professional with the power
of open source
Subject: Re: [Digikam-users] Greetings
2013/9/2 <cgw993 at aol.com>:
> I just installed Digikam. My review of the software so far -
> 1. Digikam opened at least 3 separate connections the internet. Why?! I
> to shut these connections down with my firewall. The program certainty
> does not make this obvious to any typical user. I think there may have
> been more than 3 but its late and I will search more tomorrow before I
> uninstall it. There can be no legitimate reason for this and this was
> disclosed explicitly on installation.
It's probably Geo-location feature through GoogleMaps or OpenStreetmap.
How did you check these internet connections ?
> 2. Digikam does not make it easy to navigate drives/folders on the
> computer to find photos. This is the entire point of photo
> management software to begin with! It seems more designed to get the
> user to relinquish control of their current photo organization to digikam.
> 3. To newer users of "open source". Free software does not mean the
> software will not spy on you, or do things you would resent, or anything
> else the developer(s) maybe have wanted it to do. It does mean though
> the software can be changed because the source is available. A good
> example of free software that spies on its users is Ubunto. Users did
> not like this, so a modified version was made that did not spy on the
> Free software makes this possible. Please see Richard Stallman's
> youtube video on Ubunto.
> Profiting by spying on and data mining users data is fine I guess, as
> long as the user has given EXPLICIT permission to do this every time, not
> some vague end user license agreement that nobody reads. Digikam has not
> made adequate disclosure to it's users.
> My Digikam review Grade - F
Who are you exactly to judge this project and this team ?
> Requested Modifications - Do not spy on or data mine users photos or
> any other data, or do anything else without the users explicit and clear
> consent! Allow users to easily navigate their own photos. If spying on
> the users must be a feature, THEN DISLCOSE IT CLEARLY!
I will not review this review anymore, from somebody who don't want to learn
how work the software, and write a mess and a dummy analysis of a long time
- I just want to organize my photos. Good to know Google is involved, of
course they are. Google loves "forced features", features that require a
great deal of work to turn off assuming it is even possible at all.
-I do not personally like digikams features, I am sure the "salesmen" types
here love the features.
-I was briefly a Digicam user, that is who I am. If you want to subjugate
and profit by stealing peoples data and spying on them, try the full
disclosure route first.
-Last note - My posts generate replies because I am right. There is never,
ever an excuse to allow a developer to subjugate and spy on users. I can
only speak for myself in that the software seems extremely unethical and
since I am right, I hope to be able to help the 1 or 2 people that may get
this by having them think about the issue instead of blindly trusting the
-I wonder how many more emails I will be here before some user subjugating
moderator censors me.
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