New Programs for Hardy?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Dec 7 17:42:53 GMT 2007

On Fri, Dec 07, 2007 at 03:32:59PM +0000, Matthew East wrote:
> Hi
> On 28/11/2007, Colin Watson <cjwatson at> wrote:
> > We are always looking for more ways to reduce CD size so that we can fit
> > more things on the CD
> {snip}
> > The Windows FOSS has already been pared down many times, and I think is
> > probably now near its minimum.
> I agree that the Windows FOSS section can't get any smaller. However,
> just to throw the idea out there, how about getting rid of it
> entirely? At the moment it only carries Firefox and Thunderbird, I
> think. It could easily be replaced by a simple text material
> explaining free software, with links to the respective download pages
> for those projects (and other projects) and/or a link to the open disc
> project.

That is in fact  being actively considered for this release.

> I'd be interested to hear other opinions but isn't the install CD
> generally downloaded or ordered by people wanting to install Ubuntu? I
> imagine that there is a certain amount of sentimental attachment to
> the Windows FOSS section but I also think it would be at least worth a
> discussion to evaluate how useful it is (especially now it is so
> limited).

It happens that there is a large overlap between people who want to install
Ubuntu and people who want to introduce others to free software.  For those
friends who aren't quite ready to switch operating systems yet, a couple of
free programs for Windows can be just the thing to give them a taste.

 - mdz

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