Comment 16 for bug 723831

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

Enabling 'install third-party software' by default installs two different types of packages by default: free, patent-problematic packages (like gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly and gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad) and non-free packages (like flashplugin-installer). Maybe we should split those two types and decide separately. Maybe we should have to checkboxes.

My opinion: We should enable free, patent-problematic packages, but disable non-free packages by default. This gives us still a completely free system by default. Allowing non-free by default opens the door for even more non-free stuff. Where would be the line to draw? Flash is important for most users, but unrar is important too. So we should install unrar by defaut too?