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,
- Agostino Russo
- Onkar Shinde
- Steven Dilworth
- Florent Mertens
- Slava Chemodanov
- Dan Bishop
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....
- Alon Zakai
- Volker Löchte
- Roy Schestowitz
- Shane Coyle
- Stian Rødven Eide
- Mark Grandi - just make it so during installation, tells you about them, and asks you if you want them or not.
- Mackenzie Morgan
- Dustin Widmann
- Tareeq Ali
- Andrew Poelstra
- Matthew Flaschen
- Terry Harrison
- Ali Davoodifar
- Albert van Aardt
- Jeffrey Parke
- Chris Warburton
- 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.
- Lloyd Almeida
- 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.
- James Buchanan
- Paulo Gomes
Matthias Lehr - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
- Lutz Reinhardt
Saul Goode - It is contrary to the philosophy espoused in http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/philosophy
- Holger Bauer
- Jan Rathmann
- Gregor Geiermann
- Tim Pretz
- Frederik Tuczek
- Norbert Fabritius
- Anke Kernbach
- Marc Hildebrandt
- Alexander Menk
- Marcus Fihlon
- Maxim Lapis
- Sebastian Kotowski
Xinchi Yu - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
- Michael Kehraus
- Rüdiger Dick -Duisburger Linux User Group ( www.dulug.de )
- Amir Hadi
- Chris Lees
- Thorsten Tasch
- Dimitri Vorona (aka Alendit)
- Christian Schoch
- Søren Schneider
- Simon Schlosser
Matthias Mailänder - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
Clemens Blank - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
- David Becher
- Sven, people who want blobby linux should go to novell
Andreas Gutowski - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
Roberto Amato - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
- Simon Bürger
Bernhard Hanakam - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/ - 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!
- Ueli Zahnd
- Andreas Schmauss
Richard Hirner - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/ - I have installed and recommended Ubuntu Linux to many people, but I won't support another "Lindows"
- Oliver Gellner
- 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.
- David Fu - maybe gNewSense does make sense after all.
- Carsten Schmidt
AndreasGnau - The user has to be informed about both the advantages and disadvantages.
- Marco Hunseler - Please, dont do that :-\
- Gaurav Mishra - this will forget the real ubuntu spirit and will be followed by the commercial market requirements ,
- Hendrik Thaer
Dieter Komendera - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
- Mitja Kleider
- Matt Medland
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?
Christian Wagner - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
David Tangye - In addition I also support (see http://boycottnovell.com/category/ubuntu/ "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."
- Frederik Elwert
- Marian Sigler
- Björn Kunze
- Gustav Andréasson
- Marcel Miebach
- Jussi Kukkonen
- Heinrich Franz
- Simon Streit
Christian Niemeyer - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
- Bartosz Bogacz - please don't forget that many of us are using linux because its open-source and not because its better or free
- 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.
- Matias Särs
- Sámal Rasmussen
- Nishant Sharma
- Aleksandar Negovanovic
- Zoran Olujic
- Nick Ferguson
- David Brady - I use the binary drivers, but I do not think that they should be installed by default.
Christoph Domin - via http://forum.studium-bingen.de/viewtopic.php?t=64
Manuel Schindler - via http://forum.studium-bingen.de/viewtopic.php?t=64
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.
- Håvard Espeland
- Vassilis Pandis
- 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.
- Niko Manos
- Celso Araujo - Free by default, non-free by choice!
- Jonathan Kotta: I use the nonfree drivers, but it should definately be choice.
- 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.
- Mikko Viinamäki - Freedom by default!
- Timothy Andrew
Kai Wilker - via http://www.ubuntuusers.de/ikhaya/354/
- Erik Hetzner