Some suggestions about setup

Jeff Waugh jeff.waugh at
Tue Sep 28 07:37:20 UTC 2004

On Tue, 2004-09-28 at 03:24 -0400, Ben Novack wrote:
> 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
> default=3.

Making it so the grub menu is not hidden when other operating systems
are installed is on the todo list. That way, if you only have Ubuntu, it
doesn't get in your way, but if you have something else, it does. ;-)

> 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.

gcc isn't appropriate for a default desktop install -> consider how many
'real' people would use gcc... :-) Additionally, it will be a policy
concern for some deployments. We aim to only have stuff in the default
desktop install that in general, everyone will want.

> 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.

Agree with both.

- Jeff

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