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 dragSidious on Tue 8th Sep 2009 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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How many platforms out there support FAM? Gamin?

Gnome already uses Inotify. It's been like that for a while. Debian sometimes likes to install famd, but it does not have anything to do with Gnome.

It's not Gnome's fault that other Unix systems make shitty desktop platforms and it's not Gnome's problem to fix their deficiencies.

Gamin in FreeBSD, for example, has to open files to monitor them, leading to performance issues and runs into limits related to the maximum amount of open files.

There are similar issues with graphics. It's good to be portable, but you actually need something on the other platforms to support the features. You need something to be portable _to_. If the other platforms lack the basic functionality then your kinda screwed, aren't you?

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