I have installed the Ubuntu 6.10 and although I was really impressed with the quality I was completely disappointed by the fact that this distribution is "crippled".
I understand the legal reasons behind the decision Canonical made to disable the functionality of this great distribution and I respect these reasons.
I do not think though that Canonical does enough to help people like me to switch to Ubuntu Linux.
To be more specific, I think that there should be a means provided to the users to decide whether to install (from the beginning or later) a fully functional version of Ubuntu that is able to play all the common multimedia formats, with all the codecs, library, etc.
I know that there is a team that created Automatix and that its intention is to help users really enjoy Ubuntu Linux and Mepis. However, for some reason, Automatix 2.2 does not install all the "special" applications in Ubuntu Linux 6.10, although it does it in 6.06.
I propose that Automatix or an equivalent be provided in the regular repositories, so that people have the choice to install a functional version of Ubuntu Linux.
After years of dealing with Windows I want to switch to Linux, because I believe in its philosophy, yet one of the greatest distributions: Ubuntu Linux is presented to the masses as an alternative that is "crippled" but no choice is provided to install a fully functional version.
It does not make sense to me. Why not just allow people to chose on their own whether they want to use a distribution that does not play common media formats (avi, mp3, etc.) or not by giving them the choice to install or not the necessary files, libraries, codecs, etc.?
Guys, I am total newbie to Linux and because of this I might not understand the situation... but it does not make sense to me to provide a distribution that is partially functional.
Any answer, especially one from Canonical, would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your time.