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Canonical, the company that makes Linux distro Ubuntu, has re-released its Meltdown update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial users after the first attempt tripped up machines.

Canonical managed to get its fix for the Meltdown CPU bugout on Tuesday as scheduled but was forced to issue a new release after discovering some 16.04 LTS Xenial users couldn't boot their machines once the update was installed.

Linux vs Meltdown: Ubuntu gets second update after first one fails to boot | ZDNet
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Ubuntu plans to collect data on desktop PCs – unless you tell it not to

Information from the installation would be sent over HTTPS to a service
run by Canonical’s IS team. This would be saved to disk and sent on first
boot once there is a network connection. The file containing this data
would be available for the user to inspect.

That data would include:
* Ubuntu Flavour
* Ubuntu Version
* Network connectivity or not
* CPU family
* Disk(s) size
* Screen(s) resolution
* GPU vendor and model
* OEM Manufacturer
* Location (based on the location selection made by the user at
install). No IP information would be gathered
* Installation duration (time taken)
* Auto login enabled or not
* Disk layout selected
* Third party software selected or not
* Download updates during install or not
* LivePatch enabled or not

* Popcon would be installed. This will allow us to spot trends in package
usage and help us to focus on the packages which are of most value to our

* Apport would be configured to automatically send anonymous crash reports
without user interruption.

More diagnostics data from desktop

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