Experiment :-)

Daniel Robitaille robitaille at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 00:49:58 CST 2005

On Wed, 02 Mar 2005 22:35:16 +0000, Mark Shuttleworth
<mark at canonical.com> wrote:
> How did this turn out? Did you find anything significant that you need
> put into main? And are you running Hoary now?

To complement Emil's experiment, here is I have been experiencing
while using Ubuntu for our family home computer.  While I haven't
limited myself at applications only found in main, I really try  to
minimize my use of universe and 3rd-party softwares on my Warty/Hoary
system ever since I installed Ubuntu last September.   And here is
what I installed  on my Hoary system currently not found in Ubuntu's

Installed manually:

*) Realplayer
*) Macromedia Flash player 
*) IBM Java JRE   (only to get the java mozilla plugin)
*) Gallery      (it is found in universe, but I'm tracking closely
their security patches since it faces the outside world via my web

Installed from Universe
*) mondo    (I use it for my complete system backups)
*) afio   (needed by mondo)
*) buffer (needed by mondo)
*) lzop  (needed by mondo)
*) mindi (needed by mondo)
*) mindi-busybox  (needed by mondo)
*) mindi-kernel  (needed by mondo)
*) mindi-partimagehack  (needed by mondo)
*) ms-sys  (needed by mondo)
*) ddclient
*) easytag
*) flip    (an old classic I always install it on any of my computers)
*) grip   (my prefered way of ripping an audio CD)
*) gstreamer0.8-mad  
*) jhead   (needed by gallery)
*) libjpeg-progs (neeeded by gallery)
*) mail-notification    (to monitor my gmail account)
*) libgmime2.1  (needed by mail-notification)

So 22 packages not found in Main.   It's not too bad;  it could be
better, and my some small sacrifices I would probably cut this by
more; mail-notification and flip could easily go; and  grip could be
replaced by supported application, but I got used to it in recent

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