So, that change was made in tasksel three months ago, near to the start what was, AFAIK at the time, a 1.5 year release cycle. This was done in full knowledge that enabling recommends would take some time to sort out, including getting debian-cd to disable NORECOMMENDS and maybe handle recommends more intelligently; dealing with demotion of unnecessary recommends; and dealing with any size increase issues. If the current release timeframe is not long enough to sort these issues out, perhaps the release team should be told about that. Or perhaps someone will want to revert this -- but you get to own all the issues of the installer not installing recommends while maintainers assume it will. Frans Pop wrote: > Losing network-manager-gnome from CD1 seems like a fairly major issue > to me. Oddly it didn't seem to be treated as a big deal by a lot of people when it happened to stable CD1. :-/ [users disabling recommends] > IMO maintainers of desktop tasks do *not* have to worry about this. But they clearly do: http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?msg=22;att=0;bug=542095 | In the end this is possible, and you’re not the first one to ask, but | then we’ll get bug reports from stupid users asking why this or that | functionality doesn’t work, while Recommends have not been installed. -- see shy jo  Is anyone even knows that that is anymore.
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