At first it seemed a little invasive. But, after reading their partnership info, it doesn't seem too bad. Seems they prefer to have partners who are technology companies, Linux related if possible. I guess it is inevitable that this area will be exploited to keep people from going under financially. Not a bad idea, really. This is an area that is virtually untapped. Plus, I pretty much ignore the messages that I see during the installation of just about all software. So, I'm not too worried about that. Plus, with a little bit of work, I'm sure you can replace whatever ad-supported browser that comes with Mandy and put in your own favorite, non-adware browser that you prefer. Not a high price to pay in order to support a great distro.