What is advertising, and what is the big problem?
According to the definition one poster gave to claim that this is advertising, then me saying in this post that I am a systems analyst makes this post advertising, (and spam at that)!
The fact is that this is not apt suddenly selling you on the idea that Ubuntu has a new product which they want you to try. It is apt staying that a previously premium product has now entered the free repository.
They did not try to dissuade you from whatever you are now using, they did not give you reasons to install it, they did not show some women in painted on jeans smiling while using the product. They said that the product is now free. That is informative. I do not see a problem with that.
The problem is that the way they choose to inform me is by updating the MOTD file across the internet. Now apt has only one job; update files across the Internet. Wait…. So apt did what it was suppose to do?
The issue now is, who owns the data in the MOTD file which apt updated. I know that when I SSH into my servers, I may see several MOTD texts, including some from apt, informing me of how many packages need updating, etc., but these messages are locally produced, (after apt has updated other files across the Internet).
So how outraged am I supposed to be, now that apt has done pretty much what it always has done; update files across the Internet, and inform me of my update options using the MOTD file? Is informing me that a file which was once premium, is now free, going above and beyond the duties of apt? Is updating. MOTD across the Internet above and beyond the duties of an app which is designed to update files across the Internet?
If some other (non-Canonical) application which is now premium, becomes available for free, and apt has not inform me,… that, I believe, is the time to become outraged. Right now, I am quite chill.