Aptitude installed by default on 13.10?

Brett Cornwall brettcornwall at lavabit.com
Tue Apr 9 20:17:11 UTC 2013

On 04/09/2013 04:01 PM, Clint Byrum wrote:

> Who removed your choice?
> Defaults are simply opinions, not rules. Install your divergent choices,
> and be happy.

I have to really emphasize, especially as I was the topic creator, that 
I was discussing the possibility of replacing apt-get with aptitude. My 
reasonings were on false data and misunderstandings of certain inner 

This is not about adding aptitude back to be side-by-side - though my 
wording might have been better.

Remember that people got really upset when control-alt-backspace was 
disabled by default. Remember, we all have the option to run what we 
want - the things that are truly (horribly) locked into our systems are 
things like the piece of crap that is plymouth. Those are the things 
that we really have no choice on and that should be fought against. But 
having all these choices as defaults truly doesn't make any sense. 
Nothing is stopping someone from apt-get-ting aptitude or synaptic. It 
makes no sense for most users to use anything but apt-get (it does what 
most people want and duplication of efforts really does add more testing 
necessities that could be better spent elsewhere).

This has been blown way out of proportion - please ignore the trollish 
comment of discouraging CLI usage. This was only ever about replacing a 
default program with another one. And that has been identified as 
hard-to-do with no real benefits.

Life goes on after:

sudo apt-get install aptitude vim emacs gnome-shell kubuntu-desktop 
compizconfig-manager etc etc etc whatever you want.

Cheers guys, I didn't mean for this to blow out of proportion so hard.

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