Usability testing at the University of Minnesota and University of Baltimore suggested that new Drupal users would benefit from more example content in default installations. There are also technical limitations to install profiles which have prevented their widespread adoption in contrib.
This workshop will examine the existing 'default' installation profile, the 'minimum' installation profile (if it's committed by then), and discuss additions to these and other possible profiles for core (single user blog etc.)
The session will also discuss the current limitations of install profiles for developers, and look at alternative mechanisms ('packages', 'install profiles as modules').
More defaults in the default install profile: http://groups.drupal.org/node/11691
RFC:Installation profiles as modules: http://groups.drupal.org/node/11548