Posted by: Anonymous
on August 20, 2007 08:20 PM
I think users who demand that everything "just work" should get someone else to install an OS for them or buy a system with the OS pre-installed. That is how it works in the Windows world - the "newbies" most certainly do not install and configure Windows themselves. There are good legal reasons why Debian and Ubuntu do not include proprietary codecs and drivers - it is good for "newbies" to learn about these issues. If they are interested in free-as-in-freedom software, they will benefit from the process of examining the actual issues and deciding if they want to use non-free code. If they don't care about freedom but are just looking to get software without spending a penny, I really don't care if they get frustrated by the codec/driver issue and give up. They can wait until computers come with Linux et al preinstalled.