Provide a GUI option in the installer to enable popcon

Derek Broughton derek at
Thu Jun 25 12:56:16 UTC 2009

Martin Soto wrote:

> On Thu, 2009-06-25 at 00:19 +0200, Vincenzo Ciancia wrote:
>> >From the appcenter wiki page:
>> "If Linux has an Achilles heel, from the point of view of a Windows
>> user, it's installing new software. Be prepared to enter a new world in
>> which Windows Update is a model of simplicity by comparison, and in
>> which you may feel as if you need a Ph.D. in physics merely to install
>> new applications or updates.
>> — Preston Gralla, “Living free with Linux: 2 weeks without Windows”,
>> Computerworld"
>> I am surprised: all the people I ever heard talking of ubuntu, including
>> non-geeks, appreciate the simplicity of adding and removing
>> applications. Perhaps that comment is a bit outdated even if, since the
>> beginning of times, comparing synaptic with windows tools is a laughable
>> joke, to say the least.
> This is becoming off-topic for this thread, but it is an important point
> in and by itself.
> The comment is not so outdated. Gralla's article [1] is from January
> 2009 and applies to Ubuntu 8.04, at least according to the included
> screenshots. If you read the article right after the text quoted above,
> you will notice that his problem was rather that he tried to apply his
> Windows-power-user knowledge to Ubuntu, with disastrous results.

Indeed.  I commented at the time.  He was determined to install non-Ubuntu 
software from source - which isn't so difficult either but not with his 
knowledge level.  Windows update couldn't have done the job either.

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