shrinking the desktop DVD image to 1.5GB

Martin Owens doctormo at
Thu Jun 9 01:29:26 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-06-08 at 16:55 -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
> As far as stuff worth adding, maybe look first at apps we've had to
> drop
> like gimp and various office tools.  A few more games might be nice.
> I'd love to see Inkscape included.

A sort of maker of things collection? Inkscape, Gimp, Audacity and

> What about frequently needed
> proprietary codecs or drivers? 

We don't have any proprietary codecs, the need for w32codecs package is
basically gone with the more capable ffmpeg and gstreamer plugins. All
the codec stuff off disc because of patent fears, nothing concrete, just
a fear that Canonical would be liable from patent attacks.

Although including libdvdcss is a funny one since no company will go
anywhere near it, it's a criminal offense with 20 years in jail as far
as I remember. DMCA is a nasty bit of work when it comes to breaking

The only other things in the restricted extras which _are_ proprietary
are the ms fonts and flash. I struggle to find a real reason to include
either one.


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