Re: Sounds like Windows
>> "It'll be interesting to see how the Linux fan bois who are always bashing Microsoft's data collection respond to this"
1) Canonical provided a simple and clear list of what they want to collect, right from the off. MS didn't.
2) Canonical provide an "Off" option that completely disables the data collection, and presents it to you during installation. OK it might be better if it was opt-in rather than opt-out, but the point is that it's easy to switch it off.
Hence, you can see what they collect, and easily switch it off. If MS were clear and provided a functioning "Off" switch, there'd be a lot less animosity aimed towards them.
PS: Also, not a Linux fanboi. I have Ubuntu on one system, but all my main machines run Windows 7.