ubuntu-extras metapackage? (Re: New Programs for Hardy?)
atheoi at gmail.com
Fri Dec 7 14:34:22 GMT 2007
On Nov 28, 2007 4:49 AM, Colin Watson <cjwatson at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > > I can almost guarantee it will not see the
> > > Install Disc for some time to come, even though Iced Tea is sure a movement,
> > > we're working with 700mb here, compression only does so much.
> > I'm not too familiar with the details of the squashfs compression
> > used; how close would it be? Is there a way to increase compression
> > at the expense of processing time? Could some of the Windows FOSS be
> > pared down to make room for it?
> We are always looking for more ways to reduce CD size so that we can fit
> more things on the CD, although squashfs-lzma is not on the table at the
> moment since, while squashfs is likely to be merged upstream soon,
> squashfs-lzma apparently isn't. That said, I believe the next version of
> squashfs uses larger block sizes to achieve better compression.
> The Windows FOSS has already been pared down many times, and I think is
> probably now near its minimum.
> There are various other targets of opportunity, such as duplicate files
> and unnecessary content in the English language packs, that we'll be
> looking into as well.
I was just thinking about this; perhaps we need a new ubuntu-*
metapackage, along the lines of ubuntu-restricted-extras but for
software libre that didn't quite make the cut. Maybe ubuntu-extras?
Some suggested packages for it:
deborphan (for Synaptic)
...and just for fun, some packages that I personally like that I will
thus suggest to make Ubuntu more like my desktop ;)
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