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[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by cjst on Tue 8th Sep 2009 15:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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" We don't need leaders and heavy organizations, community driven model is much better

Which is why the community-driven model has resulted in such a rat's nest? We really do need someone to take the rains and say to all the developers: "This is where we are going, if you don't like it go code somewhere else or start your own project." A thousand people pulling in a thousand little directions is precisely the problem. They need to lay it down and stick to it.

Note also that Linux kernel development doesn't work this way either. Patches that don't adhere to the (high) standards of the Linux kernel get rejected, and there's a leader namely Linus.

Distros should do the same. Reject apps/libraries written in exotic languages, with exotic dependencies, not modular or fork them.

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