Why is it that the software patents ghost is strong enough to prevent us all from having mp3 and DVD playback available after installing ubuntu, yet it is not as scary when we talk about Mono?
I mean, really, why is it Canonical does not mind risking a law suit when the thing in question is something that we don't really need (unless that silly notes software is necessary for you?) While that thing that ubuntu, being a desktop OS, needs so hardly, mp3 playback is not installed by default?
Have you ever seen a person complain about windows not having a desktop notes software by default? Now, have you ever seen users complaining about ubuntu not having mp3 playback?
In other words, couldn't we just have mp3 as easily as we have Mono? Or in the other side of the coin, shouldn't Mono be as hard to install as mp3 is? Shouldn't it be in a restrictive repository?
For example, Fedora 10 does not ship with Mono installed 
And yes, the establishment shall feel free to move this post to recurring discussions so people don't look at it.