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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by strcpy on Tue 8th Sep 2009 05:08 UTC
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I believe this demonstrates the main reason why Linux has been a failure on the desktop.

It is a huge clusterf***.

I am not arguing that users actually care about dependencies, but the picture clearly shows something that can not be called good engineering. Something that continuously leads to many other problems as well.

As it would not be insane enough, Debian is also abandoning /usr as a standalone file system and putting glib into /lib because someone decided that libc is only usable when called by wrappers.

One step farther away from UNIX.

... and one step closer to Windows.

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