Michael Hudson Doyle, Software Engineer at Canonical announces the new move by the company.
He says that:
We are planning to remove the “popularity-contest” package from the standard seed, meaning that new installs will not include it. This package is intended to report (anonymously) the most installed packages on Ubuntu systems to the Ubuntu developers. It turns out the package and backend have both been broken since 18.04 LTS without being much missed so we have decided to remove the package from the default install and discard the Ubuntu delta for the package.
No More “Popularity Contest” Package By Default : Ubuntu
PopCon or Ubuntu Popularity Contest is a pre-installed package in Ubuntu. It has been installed by default Linux since 2006 (Ubuntu 6.10). You can vote on your popular and most-used application every week.
The list of most popular and most used application is also publicly available to view at http://popcon.ubuntu.com/.