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[2]: Comment by cjst
by cjst on Tue 8th Sep 2009 16:12 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by cjst"
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You're not seriously suggesting that .NET & Java are toy technologies!? Perl and Python too are certainly widely used by many people to get real work done.

There are four main reasons why this shit exists:

* For people who can't code to not feel left out.

* Increase "productivity" of corporations (i.e. do a bad job fast to make more $).

* For hardware vendors to make more $ because then you need to pay the hardware tax every year to run this shit at an acceptable speed.

* To lay off good programmers because they demand a better wage than some scripter.

And you know what? Sometimes 3 gigs DOESN'T matter.

Every single bit matters.

You can sacrifice storage/dependency footprint for features, reliability, shorter development time or other things and sometimes that's the best choice to make.

No it's never the better choice. You should hire more programmers to code and audit if you want shorter development times and higher reliability. It takes a certain amount of man hours to do a good job and you can't compress that losslessly.

Edited 2009-09-08 16:21 UTC

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