Aha! Thanks, arochester!
popularity-contest, as barbaric as the Microsoft Telemetry Gargantua (which applies also to VSCode, by the way...) or as the Google Supermassive Black Hole (if we use Android).
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And this applies to absolutely any software, without exception: don't assume that a piece of software would be fair to you just because its license is GPL. A software license doesn't even talk about what the software provider would want your data for.
It sounds as if that could very well be the case. The email address I originally saw was from the domain fifthhorseman (dot) something. Thanks for the update, @gvisoc !. . .
That "quality", the fact that the ISO is downloaded from the domain itself instead from the usual AWS region or from GitHub, the lack of a SHA256 or similar to check the integrity, a bit of a research over the name of the author and the fact that his email is a GMail one, and not one from an educational institution... all that makes me think that this is more the case of a student or former student experimenting with Linux, FAI and his classmates...