We have for many years had a “Free Software Only” option on the Ubuntu ISO. This installs Ubuntu without the problematic non-free firmware/drivers and disables restricted/multiverse as a convenience to make it less likely a user will inadvertently install some non-free software.
The Snap Store doesn’t have such an option. We have been asked for this a number of times. Is now a good time to add a filter, which prevents the store from showing “Proprietary” or “unset” licensed software from the Snap Store?
Tagging @robert.ancell as he’d likely have to support this.
I don’t know how many people actually use Ubuntu as a “Free Software Only” platform, either using the above mentioned option, or by active choices made at software install time. But I think it would be a valuable feature to the users who do choose this path.
I appreciate that we expose the license in the metadata on screen, so users are at least informed when making software choices, but it might be a nice feature to enable them to hide it all completely from view. What do we think?