Some suggestions about setup

Ben Novack bennovack at
Tue Sep 28 07:24:53 UTC 2004

I understand and appreciate that one of Ubuntu's main goals is to
*not* present the user with sixty seven choices they don't understand
during setup. However:

1) It would be really, *really* nice if the grub setup prompted the
user to choose which OS will be booted by default, so that Johnny Q
Public can try out Linux while keeping Windows as his main OS, without
having to hack menu.lst and know that he has to change default=0 to

2) Is there a reason gcc isn't installed by default? It's easy enough
to get, of course, since it's on the CD, but it seems... well, surreal
to not have any compiler around by default.

3) The whole "No root, use sudo" thing needs to be explained better.
It's a great idea, and far less confusing in the long run, but users
need to know what's up with it - especially if they try to ask for
help around the community and get answers that start with "as root..."

4) An NTFS resizer would be great. The bulk of Linux newbies, in my
experience, are looking to dual-boot an existing XP install.

Since Hoary Hedgehog's going GUI for the install, that's about all I
can think of right now. (I seem to recall from articles that the
Ubuntu team isn't fond of the two-stage install process, so I won't
mention that..)

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