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[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by darknexus on Tue 8th Sep 2009 18:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
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Exactly. The community development of the Linux kernel works well because there is a leader who is willing to stomp on a few egos to get the results he wants. Distros really aren't the problem though, it's the upstream software in general that has the issues for the most part. Sure, distros can patch the heck out of it and maybe apply a Linux kernel-like model to such patch submissions, but that doesn't get to the root of the problem: the fact that most of the software is simply not tested the way it should be and the developers having little interest in fixing bugs that they don't find important. It's all well and good if someone in distro x starts patching it, but then distro y may do so in an incompatible way and before you know it we're even more fragmented than we were.

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