7 years ago
@Hammer459: It is not a question of patching software, only of providing what I consider to be sane default settings. At least in the case of synaptic, under Settings>Preferences>General there is the option of "Consider recommended packages as dependencies". It clearly is up to Mint to provide whatever configuration settings it desires for any upstream software it uses.
The second argument's validity, referring to occasional reasons not to install recommends, depends on the frequency of such occasions. At least in my limited experience, occasional means "few times", and I believe a better approach is to use --no-install-recommends at such occasions.
agree with @Hammer459
Neither apt-get nor synaptic is Mint software. Thus is it is not up to Mint to update them. Then there are occasionally reasons not to install recommended dependencies so forcing it that way is not entirely good.