Strawman: remove vendor-specific configuration tools from default install
macoafi at gmail.com
Thu Mar 5 21:02:16 UTC 2009
Ubuntu by default includes a Palm Pilot sync tool and an HP printer
configuration tool.I'm wondering why we need vendor-specific tools like these in
the default install.
Gnome-pilot is limited to dealing with only Palm devices, and for this reason,
someone submitted a bug asking that it be removed. That bug is currently
full of arguments and people who don't even use Palm devices are saying that
it should stay because syncing a PDA is important and they wish their PDA
could sync with Ubuntu. Wouldn't the appropriate way to address this be to
have a PDA-syncing application that could work with their Nokia, Apple,
Google, RIM, and yes, Palm, devices? Having a Palm-only syncing application
included by default still leaves the majority of PDA & smartphone users stuck
trying to find a way to make their device work.
HP printers can be configured just fine with the included printer configuration
tool, though I admit the included one cannot show ink levels. Why not just
add that to the default one? If Brother put out a tool like this for their
printers, would we include both, just HP's, or neither?
How many vendor-specific apps will we acquire (and delegate CD space to) before
we realize it makes sense to just have one that handles all devices of that
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