Dear Mark, dear Ubuntu developers,

We the undersigned petition you to reconsider your decision of including binary drivers by default in the next Ubuntu release. We believe, as you do, that it should be as easy as possible for end users to enable extra functionality via closed software when necessary and if they so wish, but only after an explicit acknowledgement and only after being informed about the issues at stake and possible alternatives. Users can be given the option to install closed drivers/software during installation or soon after installation or when an application that may require such software is run for the first time. It is a small change, but one that will avoid dividing the community on an issue that many hold dear, without sacrificing ease of use and product appeal. We therefore encourage you to opt for easy-installation as opposed to pre-installation.


Many thanks for your attention,

  1. Agostino Russo
  2. Onkar Shinde
  3. BaishampayanGhose

  4. Steven Dilworth
  5. Florent Mertens
  6. Slava Chemodanov
  7. Dan Bishop
  8. João Crespo - Why not let the problem of blobs installation up to the common customizations spec (a GUI somewhere at system » administration or something similar)? is the solution found to all the other non-free stuff instead of bundling with for default or asking the user during the install if he wants flash, codecs, etc....

  9. TobySmithe

  10. Alon Zakai
  11. Volker Löchte
  12. Roy Schestowitz
  13. Shane Coyle
  14. Stian Rødven Eide
  15. Mark Grandi - just make it so during installation, tells you about them, and asks you if you want them or not.
  16. Mackenzie Morgan
  17. Stuart McNeill

  18. Dustin Widmann
  19. Tareeq Ali
  20. Andrew Poelstra
  21. FirdausAziz

  22. Matthew Flaschen
  23. Terry Harrison
  24. Ali Davoodifar
  25. Albert van Aardt
  26. Jeffrey Parke
  27. Chris Warburton
  28. David Nielsen - First it was wifi, then it was graphics. What freedom and supportability is going to fall at the hand of temporary highly limited functionality next? Instead of doing this we should fund and support work towards bridging the functionality gap with free drivers.
  29. Lloyd Almeida
  30. Guy Johnston - I only use GNU/Linux and other free software for the freedom it allows me. My next installation is likely to be gNewSense. If this increase in installing proprietary software by default continues, it definitely will be, and I won't use Ubuntu or any of its official variants again.
  31. James Buchanan
  32. Paulo Gomes
  33. Matthias Lehr - via

  34. Lutz Reinhardt
  35. Saul Goode - It is contrary to the philosophy espoused in

  36. Holger Bauer
  37. Jan Rathmann
  38. Gregor Geiermann
  39. Tim Pretz
  40. Frederik Tuczek
  41. Norbert Fabritius
  42. Anke Kernbach
  43. Marc Hildebrandt
  44. Alexander Menk
  45. Marcus Fihlon
  46. Maxim Lapis
  47. Sebastian Kotowski
  48. Xinchi Yu - via

  49. Michael Kehraus
  50. Rüdiger Dick -Duisburger Linux User Group ( )
  51. Amir Hadi
  52. Chris Lees
  53. Thorsten Tasch
  54. Dimitri Vorona (aka Alendit)
  55. Christian Schoch
  56. Søren Schneider
  57. Simon Schlosser
  58. Matthias Mailänder - via

  59. Clemens Blank - via

  60. David Becher
  61. Sven, people who want blobby linux should go to novell
  62. Andreas Gutowski - via

  63. Roberto Amato - via

  64. Simon Bürger
  65. Bernhard Hanakam - via - Please give the user the opportunity to choose, because this is what linux is. A GUI is IMHO a good solution, but the closed drivers should stay in restricted, not in the default installation. Mark and all the others: don't let ubuntu become some stuff like SuSE. Keep thinking of bug #1!

  66. Ueli Zahnd
  67. Andreas Schmauss
  68. Richard Hirner - via - I have installed and recommended Ubuntu Linux to many people, but I won't support another "Lindows"

  69. Oliver Gellner
  70. Martin Gräßlin - Why don't you try to persuade the companies to change their closed source drivers to open source? That would be the best for the users.
  71. David Fu - maybe gNewSense does make sense after all.
  72. Carsten Schmidt
  73. AndreasGnau - The user has to be informed about both the advantages and disadvantages.

  74. Marco Hunseler - Please, dont do that :-\
  75. Gaurav Mishra - this will forget the real ubuntu spirit and will be followed by the commercial market requirements ,
  76. Hendrik Thaer
  77. Dieter Komendera - via

  78. Mitja Kleider
  79. Matt Medland
  80. IanDarwin - Every single time you install a binary blob driver, you convince some big company that "open source" just doesn't matter. Is that what you want to do?

  81. Christian Wagner - via

  82. David Tangye - In addition I also support (see "12.23.06 Ubuntu No Blobs By Default Petition"): "put a button that sends an email to the detected hardware vendor complaining about this extra step. Then, vendors will see just how many customers it does affect and act; by Ubuntu doing it for the end user without interaction, there will be no market backlash or incentive to open up."

  83. Frederik Elwert
  84. Marian Sigler
  85. Björn Kunze
  86. Gustav Andréasson
  87. Marcel Miebach
  88. Jussi Kukkonen
  89. Heinrich Franz
  90. Simon Streit
  91. Christian Niemeyer - via

  92. Ivan Jelic

  93. Ivan Petrović

  94. MilanPrvulovic

  95. Frederick "FN" Noronha, Goa, India

  96. Bartosz Bogacz - please don't forget that many of us are using linux because its open-source and not because its better or free
  97. Tom H - I am in favour of a program installed by default which presents the user with information on binary blobs and asks whether he/she wishes to install them.
  98. Matias Särs
  99. Sámal Rasmussen
  100. Marko Herman

  101. Nishant Sharma
  102. KartikMistry

  103. Aleksandar Negovanovic
  104. Zoran Olujic
  105. Nick Ferguson
  106. MarkusMajer (mpathy)

  107. David Brady - I use the binary drivers, but I do not think that they should be installed by default.
  108. Christoph Domin - via

  109. Manuel Schindler - via

  110. TormodVolden - I have to use a binary GPU driver on my machine, but at least I am aware of it and I hope to get rid of it one day.

  111. Håvard Espeland
  112. JeremyMcCoy

  113. PWill

  114. Vassilis Pandis
  115. Milan Puzic

  116. Peter Levi - Ubuntu won me over XP by being free and open. It does not work better for me, quite the contrary. 3D acceleration won't change a thing in this aspect - I hardly find it necessary for the average user, and it is useless for me. But binary drivers would mean Ubuntu's greatest and most important advantage will diminish.
  117. Niko Manos
  118. Celso Araujo - Free by default, non-free by choice!
  119. KarlGoetz

  120. Jonathan Kotta: I use the nonfree drivers, but it should definately be choice.
  121. Daniel Miles: I also use the non-free Drivers, but when a linux system is free at its most basic levels, a user should easily be able to retain that freedom, or at least understand when they choose not to.
  122. Mikko Viinamäki - Freedom by default!
  123. Nanotube

  124. wessonski
  125. Timothy Andrew
  126. Kai Wilker - via

  127. Erik Hetzner

NoBlobsByDefaultPetition (last edited 2016-01-16 19:22:38 by ip24-251-40-159)