I personally feel like the team should keep things as they are, the installation process of Mint is one of the most attractive things about using Mint in general. I know that if I trash my install of Mint at any given time Im only 20 minutes away from having everthing freshly installed again. This would never happen in Windows and is one of the most annoying things about Windows. 3 hours to install the OS!!! That is crazy.We’re currently discussing this within the team. The proposition is to move from having the codecs installed by default, to having the installer download and install them… like it’s done for the language packs. There would be an extra checkbox in the advanced section of the installer for people to uncheck if they don’t want to have the codecs. The discussion is still ongoing, no decision has been made so far, and your opinion is valuable. People, please comment on this.
My point is, the longest part of the installation process comes from having to download and install the language packs. Which I generally click skip to speed up the installation process and so that Im not constantly offered updates for the language packs after installing Mint. However, in the past I have let the installation process install the language packs and this generally adds at least 10 to 15 minutes on to the total amount of time needed to install the OS. (I have a 12Mbps connection just in case your wondering). Having to download and install the multimedia codecs would only increase the time needed to install Mint and therefore make things worse and not better.
Personally, I love Linux and Mint is my favorite distro not only because it is fast and stable. But because everything just works out of the box. Except my sound, which I hope is fixed upon the release of Mint 8. When I first started using Linux, I distro hopped for a while, trying Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, OpenSuse, and PcLinuxOS. Mint was the stopping point for me because not only is the look and feel of it bettter than any other distro, but like I said everything just works
Lets be real here for a minute. When people are first trying out Linux hoping that they can find an alternative to Windows, they dont want to have to spend time trying to figure out how to get their media to work. They want to turn there system on and be able to surf the net, watch videos on YouTube, listen to there MP3's and send emails. Alot of people will simply see that they cant do these things and just give up. Now I know that having the option to download and install the codecs would still provide the funtionality but like I said earlier, one of the best things about Mint is that it only takes a few minutes to install it.
That is really comforting, when I was using Windows I would dread breaking something and having to reinstall windows because of the amount of time that it took. Nobody wants to have to reinstall there OS even if it is a fairly quick process, but it makes things a whole lot better knowing that if I have to do it, it will only take a few minutes and Ill be back to utilizing my OS again.
I think since I started using Mint, Ive insatlled it at least 10 times over the past 2 or 3 months. Ive used Mint 6, Mint 6 KDE, Mint 7, Mint 7 64bit, and Mint 7 KDE RC1.
To sum this all up, I say just keep things as they are, this allows for a fast install and the functionality that everybody that uses Mint has come to know and love. Afterall, for those that dont want the codecs installed, they can just download the version that does not include them. This way, everyone gets what they want and Mint keeps moving forward, making things better and faster. Not slowing down the install process..
These are my thoughts not yours and I know what I like!!!1