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  • While I agree with you that it's a tad irritating that some things are missing by default, I can see why they'd be missing:

    • The extra repositories are missing presumably because they aren't Ubuntu-supported software. By using these you have to take more responsibility for knowing what you're doing and looking after your computer, so it's good that people can't use them accidentally. By default users will only install software that Ubuntu know how to support.
    • The codecs are missing presumably because of legal issues, so that (like Debian) stock Ubuntu is completely free.
    • The terminal button is missing presumably because Ubuntu is aimed at being friendly towards people who don't have a history of using Unix, and such users tend not to want a terminal. Indeed, there seems to've been much effort put into providing gui tools for many tasks that I'd expect to use a terminal for.

      Personally I don't use the gui tools much, and I always have lots of terminal windows open. I'd prefer that there was a terminal button by default — but I guess that anybody capable of using a terminal is also capable of working out how to add a button themselves.

    And overall, I'm really liking Ubuntu!


    • Yeah, that's what I figured, too. The fact that the problems were so minor is a compliment. But I like to look at UI issues with a very selfish eye. Particularly things associated with licensing issues, in an ideal world it should not impact on my end user experience. Alas.

      And to further compliment, I tried the most obvious thing to put a terminal button into the menu bar... I opened the applications menu and dragged the terminal icon into the menu. It worked!