I never mentioned stuff like drivers and firmware blobs. I am not talking about nvidia drivers or broadcom's wifi drivers. I am talking about the non required forcing of not legitimate proprietary crap like snap. I personally do use spotify and discord. As much as I hate non free stuff. But sometimes you have to, right? But I choose to install it. And I know what data they take from me. I allow it to. Preinstalling snap is what I am complaining against.
Why should I have to uninstall something which is proprietary, which isn't required for proper functioning like firmware drivers and moreover which is disrespectful to my privacy and goes against the whole idea of what Linux is.
Of course I can uninstall snap, but why should I have to? If someone wants to install spotify's snap, by all means a good distro should provide them easy access to it. It should be an informed choice, while being aware of the alternatives and the repercussions.
I would still have ranted if they were shipping flatpaks by default, but my distaste would be very less, because flatpak is libre, decentralised, free to play, host and hack on. Flatpak is community based, just like Manjaro. And unlike canonical's snap.
And the moaning you mention happens maybe because a place called announcements, shouldn't have had this distasteful garbage advertising in the first place
TLDR: Snaps aren't essential like nvidia drivers. They are anti privacy, centralised and not libre. I shouldn't have to remove non essential, data grabbing proprietary crap. I should be able to install it if I choose to. And spamming the top of every announcement thread with advertisements is just distasteful