Friday, 28 October 2016

Promote adobe-flashplugin over flashplugin-installer

In the beginning of a desktop installation you are asked whether certain
third-party software should be installed. If you check that option, and
if I understand it correctly, the meta package ubuntu-restricted-extras
will be installed and pull a few multiverse packages including
flashplugin-installer.

However, the adobe-flashplugin package in Canonical Partner is a better
option:

* While flashplugin-installer downloads the Flash plugin from a
third-party source, adobe-flashplugin installs it directly, so the
users will get updates (for security or other reasons) through the
regular package updates.

* adobe-flashplugin installs the PPAPI plugin besides NPAPI.

Currently Canonical Partner is not enabled by default.

This is my idea:

* If the user checks the third-party software option when installing,
then make the installer enable Canonical Partner.

* Change ubuntu-restricted-addons to recommend
"adobe-flashplugin | flashplugin-installer" instead of just
"flashplugin-installer".

Would this be doable? Any policy blockers?

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Gunnar Hjalmarsson
https://launchpad.net/~gunnarhj

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