Linked by Walter Kruse on Thu 8th Jan 2004 06:55 UTC
Linux It seems that I am in some sort of retro-mode. As Linux on the desktop is getting bigger and better, with more apps, more sleek looks (Galaxy, Keramik and Blue Curve for example) and more idiot proof, I am going onto simpler, more condensed stuff. The big distributions are nice, but I really do not need all the applications that come with them all the time.
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Re: "bloat"
by Will on Thu 8th Jan 2004 18:26 UTC

4 GB HD space is worth less than $4.. so why should you care?

Because it's a lot of data, a lot of complexity, a lot to backup, restore, and install.

Simple example:

I was installing DNS on my machine at home, and decided to use djbdns.

I downloaded it, and I thought something was wrong. It downloaded instantly. I barely had my finger off the mouse button. Why? The source distribution is 84KB.

This compares to the 4.5MB source distro for BIND.

Not to get anywhere near the djbdns vs BIND debate, but if the systems offer equivalent functionality, there is much to be said for having the smaller one.

Smaller files == faster files. Faster install, faster recovery, faster backup.

So, really, how much is your time worth anyway?