** Also affects: ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu Noble)
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

** Also affects: wslu (Ubuntu Noble)
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

** Changed in: ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu Noble)
    Milestone: None => ubuntu-24.04

** Changed in: wslu (Ubuntu Noble)
    Milestone: None => ubuntu-24.04

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  Trying to install gimp-help-en threatens to install wslu

Status in ubuntu-meta package in Ubuntu:
Status in wslu package in Ubuntu:
Status in ubuntu-meta source package in Noble:
Status in wslu source package in Noble:

Bug description:
  Filing this against ubuntu-meta since I believe this is a seed problem
  that potentially affects all variants of Ubuntu (flavors or

  wslu is "a collection of utilities for the Windows 10 Linux Subsystem,
  such as for converting Linux paths to a Windows paths or creating
  Linux application shortcuts on the Windows 10 Desktop." Obviously this
  package should *never* be installed on a desktop or even on most VMs,
  but only within WSL instances. However...

  wslu provides the virtual package www-browser, as one of its features
  is to open links in Windows 10 using the default browser set there.
  This means that if a package depends or recommends www-browser, it may
  attempt to pull in one of several packages, wslu included. In the
  past, this hasn't been a problem because Firefox was present on all
  flavor images, and Firefox provides www-browser as well. However, now
  that Firefox is a Snap, it is possible for Firefox to be installed
  without the firefox transitional apt package being installed. (This is
  the case in a default installation of Kubuntu Noble Beta.) As it turns
  out, Kubuntu Noble Beta ships with *no* packages that provide www-
  browser, meaning that any package that depends on it will have to
  install a new browser.

  Due to some stroke of misfortune, apt is picking wslu out of all
  packages as the package for this use case. Installing gimp-help-en
  will also install www-browser, which results in wslu becoming

  wslu causes quite a few problems when installed on a desktop system -
  among them, the syslog is spammed with errors due to the system not in
  fact being a WSL VM, audio breaks in weird ways, and application
  launchers sometimes fail. Why this happens is unclear, but the issues
  appear to resolve once wslu is removed from the system. It is
  therefore probably a good idea to avoid wslu becoming installed on
  accident in this way.

  Probably the best way to resolve this is to ensure that some package
  that provides www-browser is available on every Ubuntu image. This
  could be done via seeding or by adding a package to ubuntu-minimal.
  Alternatively, wslu could be set to no longer provide www-browser,
  though it's unclear if that would break its functionality.

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