[Digikam-users] Greetings

Gilles Caulier caulier.gilles at gmail.com
Mon Sep 2 11:18:51 BST 2013

2013/9/2  <cgw993 at aol.com>:
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> Subject: Re: [Digikam-users] Greetings
> Le Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:38:32 +0200, <cgw993 at aol.com> a écrit:
>> Greetings,
>> I just installed Digikam. My review of the software so far -
>> 1. Digikam opened at least 3 separate connections the internet. Why?!
>> I had
>> 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
>> not disclosed explicitly on installation.
> No comment, see Gilles answer
>> 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.
> Digikam doesn't offer the possibility to browse directly your drive, you
> have to define folder as collection to tell where photos are located and
> consequently which photos do want to manage with digikam.
> It's a strange behavior for a spying program to permit you tell it which
> photos it can watch, no ?  Ugh.
> Apart if you spread your photos everywhere in your drive, or your not enough
> patient to set digikam properly, I don't see a matter with digikam way of
> managing datas, and even in this case, you probably can set your entire
> drive as a collection, it's probably not the cleverest thing to do but it
> should be possible.
> Think about other program which doesn't let you at all where you want to
> stock your pictures.  Ugh ^2
>> 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
>> that
>> 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
>> users.
>> Free software makes this possible. Please see Richard Stallman's
>> youtube video on Ubunto.
> It's something slightly different I thing, Ubuntu (not Ubunto) use some
> closed source elements, so, we can't know exactly what these elements does.
> ***It is clear you don’t know which part of Ubunto I referred to, watch the
> video.**   Personally I use Ubuntu and don't really mind about this **Who
> cares? Good that you have the freedom to decide though. Ubunto spies on
> users, this is well documented and this takes away the users choice ***, I'm
> not sure Windows or MacOSX users are more protected in this case, and except
> if you use strongly secured internet connection and network (as using tor),
> each time you go on internet many server spy on you. **Data still gets
> transmitted, data that has nothing to do with what the users wants, and more
> to do to supplying Google with YOUR data for Google's profit**
> The fact Digikam is free software / open source doesn't just mean you can
> change it, it means too you can see what it does by reading the source, and
> since many years digikam exists, if it spy its users, I think it would be
> well known now ? Don't you think ?  **Not necessarily, see Ubunto youtube
> video by Richard Stallman and listen carefully**
> If as suggest Gilles, the internet connection is initiated by geo-location
> online map feature, you may build your own digikam without these features or
> stop waste our time and use another software.  **Like I said, my intent is
> to inform users that may not be aware of these issues., if the
> moderator/salesman doesn’t like it, then can abuse their power by censoring
> me**
>> 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 via
>> some vague end user license agreement that nobody reads.   Digikam has
>> not
>> made adequate disclosure to it's users.
> You give your permission by choosing it and installing it **I did not give
> it permission to open at least 3 internet connections without my consent and
> especially not to allow Google access to any of my photos or other data**
> but anyway I don't thing Digikam spy your datas ** Google, Adobe, Apple,
> Microsoft and others also don’t believe they spy on people either and have
> said so publically many times **  . Does Firefox spying you because it opens
> internet connections  **What a clever point....:|**

In french we said "crazy hospital speech"... No way...

Gilles Caulier

>> My Digikam review Grade - F
>> 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!
> My review Grade : A since it's a wonderful "Free software" and should be
> encouraged as it merits !
> --
> Nicolas Boulesteix
> Photographe chasseur de lueurs
> http://www.photonoxx.fr
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