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]: Gentoo
by gustl on Wed 9th Sep 2009 07:34 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Gentoo"
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If you want things done FAST, your choice would be something like DOS.

It has no desktop, consists of just a few kB of files, starts up in a few seconds and gets out of the way whenever you start an application, so the application itself is as fast as it can possibly be on that hardware.

If you want somehow more FEATURES from your operating system, you will have to agree to some compromise regarding FAST.
Finding the balance between FEATURES and FAST that is right for you is your task. No KDE, Gnome or XFCE developer can help you there.

A friend of mine did exactly that. He compiled a kernel with all his hardware drivers not being modules but compiled statically into the kernel. He was even able to switch off module support on his kernel which makes the thing slightly more secure. This gave him startup times of 3 seconds (from bootloader to login), because he did not run through a whole bunch of init scripts.
There was no automounting or other automagical stuff working on his machine. He then also compiled only the things he needed himself. It was completely self built from scratch. Beautiful, but lots of work.

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