New feature: easy codec installation, please test

Onno Benschop onno at
Mon Feb 5 00:15:01 UTC 2007

On 05/02/07 08:08, Andreas Schildbach wrote:
> Maybe I should not have made such a broad statement. You are right, the 
> feature will help many non-skilled people. On the other hand, there are 
> many environments (like companies) that simply don't want their users to 
> install packages (or plugins, for that matter). In the end, the 
> companies are responsible for the software that is installed on their 
> computers, and certain packages are not installed in Ubuntu for good.
> Take the MP3 gstreamer package(s) for example, they are not contained in 
> main because of possible patent problems. If a user installs it on a 
> company's machine, that company might get sued by the patent holder. Or 
> the user might install an unstable package (one of the ugly ones) and 
> then have problems and calls the companies helpdesk without knowing that 
> its the unstable package causing the problems.
I would suggest that in the scenario that you put forward the corporate
desktop user would not have permission to install anything, so this
would not be a concern.

Onno Benschop

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