Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Sep 2009 22:38 UTC, submitted by EvilWells
Debian and its clones Developer Frans Pop, author of debtree, posted an article showing the evolution in size of the GNOME desktop environment in recent Debian releases. The picture he paints isn't particularly pretty: the default GNOME install has increased drastically in size over the years.
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RE: Get off my lawn!
by sbergman27 on Mon 7th Sep 2009 23:17 UTC in reply to "Get off my lawn!"
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If you read his post he sounds like an old fuddy duddy user who doesn't want his linux install to actually recognize has hardware when he plugs it in

Agreed. Now, I'm a big believer in making things as simple as possible... but no simpler. And I imagine there is room for simplification in places. But I learned a long time ago that when people prepare dependency graphs to make a point about complexity, it's time to take the same skeptical attitude as when a professional magician walks out on stage. Depending upon exactly how the graphs are laid out, they can make the complex look simple, or the simple look complex... without being particularly obvious about it.

What the author needs to show is *specifically* how things could be simplified without sacrificing functionality.

Edited 2009-09-07 23:21 UTC

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