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force feeding one browser or one office collection is not the free software way. free software is about choice, being able to select what tool you want to use independet of what everyone else use
Agreed. Which is why my idea is not to force feed one of each app - I said to also make it easy to get other types of that application.
Example: in Lindows, you pretty much get one of each app, with links to the other apps. Really, the links go to Click 'n Run so you can install what YOU want if you don't like the default. Certainly, Lindows is NOT what I want in Linux, but this idea struck me as very simple and very easy, and very much in the spirit of being able to select the software you desire to perform a certain task (e.g. browsing) - keeping the CHOICE that I love so much about Linux.
My point was really this: why have so many installed? Why not just ONE and then make it easy to install the others? My preference is for the apps I listed, so since it was my article I offered them as standards!
To the person who replied earlier about not liking OOo and not wanting 150MB installed (actually, it's 74.7MB to download, so you're a little off) - if there was an Express Install option, don't choose to use it! Use the "classic" Slack install instead! Again, it's about choice and choosing what's best for you - but let the user make the choice - installing stuff I don't want isn't really "choice."