bryan.quigley at canonical.com
Wed Aug 2 20:03:32 UTC 2017
> Although gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad does have important uses such as providing
> audio codecs and the GL plugin, totem will install it on demand, anyway. So
> yes you should be able to drop it.
> I would like to add a couple to that list though:
> - va-driver-all (should include i965-va-driver)
> - gstreamer1.0-vaapi
va-driver-all is already brought in by gstreamer1.0-libav
Which means we only need to add gstreamer1.0-vaapi to the list and
it's less than 1 MB, so easy win :).
> On 02/08/17 00:18, Bryan Quigley wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Been looking at what's brought in by default by the restricted
>> checkbox in the installer and I think we can have better defaults.
>> Here is a brief summary of what we have today:
>> ubuntu-restricted-addons (what the installer checkbox does)
>> - Flash
>> - gstreamer1.0-fluendo-mp3
>> - chromium-codecs-ffmpeg-extra
>> - gstreamer1.0-libav (and dependencies are 114 MB)
>> - gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly (just 5 MB)
>> - gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad (314 MB)
>> ubuntu-restricted-extras (what we recommend if on installed system)
>> - the above ubuntu-restricted-addons
>> - libavcodec-extra
>> - ttf-mscorefonts-installer
>> - unrar
>> Proposals (all just affect being in the metapackages, not in
>> archives). I'm envisioning ending the -extras package.
>> Flash - remove
>> Adobe is officially killing it entirely at end of 2020 -
>> Apparently Mac OS may have stopped including it by default in *2010*.
>> Mozilla (and all browser vendors) will make Flash more inconvenient to
>> use in the 2nd half of 2018. Requiring people to specifically install
>> it will make it easier to determine how many Ubuntu users actually
>> really want Flash.
>> gstreamer1.0-fluendo-mp3 - hoping we can provide MP3 support by
>> default soon like Fedora just did (right?). Still on track for 18.04
>> or can that be pushed up?
>> gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad - remove
>> This is by far the heaviest item we bring in and from what I can tell
>> libav and ugly really cover the majority of codecs most people will
>> run into. Bad plugins also likely provide an easy security target as
>> they say they have code quality issues.
>> unrar - remove
>> One of the biggest uses is with comic books, but apparently that can
>> be done for free these days -
>> I also don't expect the use of unrar to be anywhere near the tasks the
>> other packages enables.
>> libavcodec-extra - remove or move to -addons
>> no preference, doesn't seem like size is the issue
>> ttf-mscorefonts-installer - promote to -addons
>> Fonts missing is one of the biggest reasons documents in LibreOffice
>> don't like they do in MS Office.
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