Default package selection

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Sat Sep 18 23:39:23 UTC 2004

On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 11:25:25PM +0000, John wrote:

> Valuable software I've already missed is sshd; I can't connect to MUT 
> over the lan to lift stuff to post to the list or to do administrative 
> tasks on it.

We provide and support a collection of software, but only install a certain
subset of it in the default (desktop) installation process.

The rest of it isn't missing, omitted, unavailable or in any other way
neglected.  It simply isn't installed by default, and for good reasons.
In the case of sshd, it is our policy that a default desktop install not
include any public network services for security reasons.

This doesn't mean that you can't have sshd.  Indeed, I install Ubuntu on
average about once per day, and I always install openssh-server afterward.
At the command line, this process requires one command and less than a
minute of your time.  The package is included on the CD, so no Internet
access is required in order to obtain it.  It could be made easier, but not
by much.

 - mdz

P.S. - You already grumbled in another thread about network services being
installed by default; you don't get it both ways. :-)

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